Anthony Estes of Deaver took top honors at the Stars of Tomorrow competition sponsored by the Powell Kiwanis Club in Powell on Friday, Feb. 22. Estes, 17, won first place in the high school age group division by performing his own composition entitled “Temptation” on the piano. The Rocky Mountain High School sophomore said the sounds in the piece reminded him of a battle between good and evil, so he named the piece accordingly.
Estes was inspired to learn the piano at age 7 after hearing his older sister Malerie play. He began composing his own music at age 12 and has written numerous pieces since then. Estes said he sees the competitions as a valuable way to get feedback about his music.
He plans to study music in college and would like to compose music for the movies someday. His win at the Powell competition makes him eligible to compete in Buffalo later this month.
Addison and Ashley Aagard of Lovell performed a vocal duet of “Vivo Per Lei.” The pair won third place for their performance in the high school age division.
Alexis Minemyer of Byron placed third in the grades 3 – 5 category for her dance performance in a group with several girls from Powell to the song “Shake a Tail Feather.”
Stetson Asay, Kiara Jolley and Serrentity Zingelwicz, all of Lovell, performed in the kindergarten through second grade class. Although the class is not judged, the young performers received a medal for their performance.
By Patti Carpenter