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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. 

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