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It was a night of firsts at the Valley’s Got Talent competition

Overall winner Lynzee Ensell -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — It was a night of firsts in two respects when more than 500 people attended the Valley’s Got Talent competition held Sunday night in Steubenville High School’s auditorium.

Participants in the eighth-annual competition, which included more than 80 contestants representing 22 acts, competed for $1,200 in prize money. The overall winner was 10-year-old Lynzee Ensell, a fourth-grader at Wells Academy in Steubenville.

It was a night of firsts as the first dancer ever won the competition,” noted Bobbyjon Bauman, president of the Ohio Valley Youth Network that puts on the competition.

In addition to Ensell, category winners were: Dance, Elijah Anderson; vocal soloist, Natalie Armstrong; group category, Blest (Brookes Sisters); and miscellaneous/instrumentalist, Catherine Englert.

Runner-up performers in each category were: Dance, Jelena Cefus; vocal soloist, Emiliana McCalister; group, Jim Mclaughlin and Bailey Stephenson; and miscellaneous/instrumentalist, Lawrence “J.R.” Lewis.

The overall winner received $500; category winners get $100; and runners-up receive $25 each. “Congratulations to all of our outstanding artists.” Bauman said. “This was the best show we have ever had.”

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