On Saturday Greenwood was host to a talent show. Arkansas Kids held their State Competition, June 2nd, at the East Pointe Elementary cafeteria.

According to American Kids National Director, Nathan Johnson, there were 11 competitors with a total of 33 competition acts. All 11 competitors qualified at least one act for nationals, which will be held in Branson Missouri at the Welk Resort on July 27. Kennedy Holland won first place in country vocal, gospel vocal and musical theater vocal. Grant Huneycutt won first place in popular vocal, serious vocal and specialty act. Elizabeth merit won runner up with her fiddle in the specialty act category. Emerald Baker, Klaire Holland, Carley Jones, Trinity and Ella Mae, Annabel Geiger, Carolyn Young, Elizabeth Merrit, Grant Huneycutt, Kennedy Holland and Kobe Clay will all represent Arkansas at the American kids national competition.

American Kids was founded in 1982 in Oklahoma by Dr. Dale Smith. This is non profit organization that is ran by volunteer staff. Over the past 36 years, alumni includes: Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Bryan White. Kata Hay and Alaska and Madi of The Voice, America’s Got Talent winner-Darci Lynn. Their mission is character development with the performing arts as the vessel, states Nathan Johnson. The performers have had the opportunity to audition and perform in New York City, Disneyland, Disney World, Nashville, Branson and many other venues throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. “We are currently working on a Canadian Tour to end the 2018 season”, according to Johnson.

The membership and competition is open to all youth ages 3 through high school seniors, 18 years old. The event is being coordinated by Local Directors, Hilary and Mark Huneycut along with Katie Holland and Mary Jackson.

A wide variety of prizes from cash to medallions and trophies for 5 age divisions are presented at all levels of competition. The different levels of competition include 7 categories: country vocal, gospel vocal, serious/classical vocal, musical theatre, popular vocal, dance and specialty acts.

The event is followed by optional progressive levels of talent competitions. The competition events will conclude with Nationals, where Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri competitors will participate followed by the All Star Show. This is where the Top 25 acts will compete for the title of American Kids National Performer of the Year, held in Branson, Missouri, the fourth weekend of July. The All Star Show is judged by entertainment industry professionals.

“Our members present a wide variety of performances on the local , state and national level to share their talent for the benefit of others. We have a very exciting year for American Kids,” said Johnson.

For more information about Arkansas Kids, a division of American Kids, Inc., check out the americankidscan.wixsite.com/akids website, and on Facebook under Arkansas Kids.