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|GHS Senior Wins Knox County Teen Idol
|posted 3:40 p-m 8/8/09 A local teen who is passionate about music and psychology is the 2009 Knox County Teen Idol contest winner.
17-year old Alicia Lumberry, who will be a senior at Galesburg High School, was the judges' top choice among the six finalists Saturday inside the Munson Hybrids Merchants Building on the Knox County Fairgrounds. She sang "On the Side of Angels" by LeAnn Rimes.
Lumberry tells WGIL she was shocked to win. "It (the competition) was so much better than what I thought it was going to be. I was sure it was going to be really good, but I had no idea."
The grand prize is a recording session featuring two songs on a CD at Music Makers Studio in Monmouth.
Lumberry says she's been involved in contests like Knox County Teen Idol for four or five years. "My voice teacher said it might be a good experience for me to try it, that was the first year, so I just kept doing it."
Lumberry says while she enjoys music performance and hopes to continue doing that, she plans to study and pursue a career in psychology. "Music has always been a part of my life, but I also really love psychology and the thought of helping people. It would be so wonderful."
Lumberry has not officially picked a college, but says she's leaning toward Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
The youngest finalist, 14-year old Nila Purifoy of Galesburg, finished in second place after singing "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. Purifoy also was last year's runner-up in the contest, which has been held for seven years.
Third place was awarded to 17-year old Lillian Guenseth of Galesburg, who sang Jim Brickman's "Never Alone." Guenseth finished third last year as well.
Last year's Knox County Teen Idol winner, Amanda Carlson, returned to sing "Jesus Take the Wheel" by Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride's "Broken Wing" while the judges made their selections.
The other finalists who participated were 17-year old Katie Herath of Knoxville, 15-year old Kelsey Meredith of Galesburg and 19-year old Isaiah Tatum of Galesburg.
Pictures from the finals of the 2009 Knox County Teen Idol contest
Katie Herath of Knoxville sings "What Could Be Better?" by 33 Miles
Kelsey Meredith of Galesburg sings "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift
2009 Knox County Teen Idol Winner Alicia Lumberry sings "On the Side of Angels" by LeAnn Rimes
Nila Purifoy of Galesburg sings "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus
Lillian Guenseth of Galesburg sings "Never Alone" by Jim Brickman
Isaiah Tatum of Galesburg sings "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men
2008 Knox County Teen Idol winner Amanda Carlson performs for the crowd
The crowd looks on during the 7th Annual Knox County Teen Idol contest Saturday at the Munson Hybrids Merchants Building
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
|08 08 09 by Newsroom
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