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9900 colorOver $8,000 in scholarships will be awarded Saturday night, Jan. 13 during the Aviston Sons of the American Legion’s annual Black Tie & Talent Scholarship competition. Shown above is a scene from last year’s competition with top prize winner Jake Mueller of New Memphis who sang “Make Them Hear You” from the Broadway musical “Ragtime.”    The Aviston Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron will conduct the 13th annual Black Tie and Talent Scholarship Competition this Saturday, Jan. 13 at Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston.  Scholarships will be awarded to the winning contestants who will be judged on their talent, appeal, speech, public speaking ability and community service. 
    The down select competition was held at the Aviston American Legion on Dec. 22 with a variety of speeches and talents. The following contestants will be at the final competition:
    • Sydney Becker of Bartelso, singing.
    • Gwendolyn Frisse of New Baden, singing.
    • Caroline Kenow of Germantown, trombone.
    • Wil Rakers of Aviston, singing.
    • Katelyn Richter of Trenton, singing.
    • Lacey Schrand of Breese, piano.
    • Morgan Siever of Carlyle, piano.
    • Kayla Von Burg of Carlyle, singing.
    Alternate contestant who will also be performing:
    • Kristen Eversgerd of Centralia, singing.
    The final competition at the Hidden Lake Winery ballroom will be a formal event including evening dress and black tie attire for the crowd. The gala will include a happy hour starting at 5 p.m.; a four-course dinner served at 6 p.m.; and the talent show at 7:30 p.m. 
    This year there will be some local talents performing after the talent show including last year’s winner Jake Mueller of New Memphis.
    Tickets are $40 per seat. For reserve tickets call Jim Kues at (618) 973-5688 or  Craig Timmermann at (618) 830-7737. 

ClintonGown pr2017 Miss Clinton County Fair Queen Sara Loepker    Clinton County Fair Queen Sara Loepker will travel to Springfield on Thursday, Jan. 18 to begin orientation and rehearsals for the 2018 Miss Illinois County Fair Pageant competition. 
    She will be one of 72 queens representing county fairs across the state of Illinois competing for the title. 
    The preliminary competition will consist of interview and speech skills, evening gown and swimwear competitions. The reigning Illinois County Fair Queen Claudia VanOpdorp will crown the new queen at the culmination of the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention on Sunday evening, Jan. 21.
    Sara is the daughter of Mark and Laura Loepker of Beckemeyer. She was crowned in July 2017. Since that time she has represented Clinton County at county fairs around the state, at the Illinois State Fair and the DuQuoin State Fair. She has also attended numerous festivals, celebrations and parades throughout Clinton County.
    Friends and family are invited to a send-off reception at Traditions Portrait Design in Carlyle on Sunday, Jan. 14 between 1 and 3 p.m. to wish Queen Sara the best of luck at the state pageant.

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