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2009 Stars of Tomorrow produces music phenoms

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Walter Gorra is a star. At least in Glenwood Springs.

On March 6, Gorra ” a Glenwood Springs High School sophomore, won the Stars of Tomorrow youth talent competition. He received a $1,000 scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Glenwood Springs.

“This is a way to give to the students in the valley,” said Kiwanis volunteer organizer Rolf Hermanson.



Gorra performed “Spring with Island Spice,” co-written by himself and Clifford Brown, on piano to garner the Stars of Tomorrow title. Harris Jackson was first runner-up ” and winner of a $300 savings certificate from Bank of Colorado ” playing “The Voyage of Trinity,” a song he composed, on guitar.

Second runner-up, and winner of a $200 savings certificate from American National Bank, was Ashley Porterfield. She sang “The Wizard and I” from the Broadway production “Wicked.”



John Colia and Carson Wylde placed third, winning a $100 savings certificate from Bank of Colorado. The pair performed the self-composed drum duet “Jungle Groove.” Fourth runner-up, earning a $50 savings certificate from US Bank, was Rhiannon Kauffman singing her song, “Winding Road.”

Hermanson said he appreciates the banks providing savings bonds for the runner-up performers. He also thanked sponsors Flower Mart, Bealka Piano Service, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and Glenwood Canyon Brewing Company, as well as the individual contest sponsors.

“The performers also had to get their own sponsors to pay the $100 entry fee,” he said.

Those sponsors include Carpet One, http://www.localadlink.com, Constructive Solutions, Oddo Engineering, Yampah Mountain School, Sopris Lighting, Glenwood Structural and Civil Inc. and DPA Architectural Group.


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