Young people show off their talents at CE contest finals

Rebecca Bell (centre) from Carnmoney Presbyterian Junior CE won first prize in the Percussion Class. She is pictured with her mum, Sharon Bell (right) and her grandmother, Olive Whitla. INNT 19-512CON
Rebecca Bell (centre) from Carnmoney Presbyterian Junior CE won first prize in the Percussion Class. She is pictured with her mum, Sharon Bell (right) and her grandmother, Olive Whitla. INNT 19-512CON
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CARRICKFERGUS Methodist Church’s magnificent new building was the impressive setting for the Irish Christian Endeavour Union’s Talent Contest Finals.

Competitors, leaders, parents and friends were welcomed by the Church’s Minister, the Rev Aian Ferguson who opened in prayer. Mr Ferguson’s daughter, Mrs Gillian Thompson, the Irish CE Union President, presented the cups and certificates to the prizewinners. Also helping at the event was the local CE Union President, Mrs Belinda Gage, who had organised the East Antrim heats.

Irish Union Junior Convenor, Mrs Rosemary Carson, assisted by Caroline Edgar, organised the Contest Finals. Mrs Carson expressed her appreciation for the use of the church and to Mrs Eileen Scoffield for her help. She also voiced her appreciation of the adjudicators, Mrs Ruth Mitchell, Mrs Dee Hawthorne and Mr George Hewitt. Thanks were extended to Miss Barbara Wilson for writing the certificates and to those who organised the tuck shop and those who served refreshments.

The prizewinners were as follows: Class 1 - Solo 8 years and under - 1st Mollie Glendinning, Ballyhenry Presbyterian; 2nd Aimee McCullough; 3rd Jamie Bell, Magheramorne Presbyterian. Class 2 - Solo 9 and 10 years - 1st Beth Bonnar, Ballyhenry Presbyterian; 2nd Stacey Dunlop, Joanmount Methodist. Class 3 - Solo 11, 12 and 13 years - 1st Laura Murray, Ballynure Presbyterian; 2nd Ellie Divan, Ballyhenry Presbyterian; 3rd Emily Atkinson, Joanmount Methodist. Class 4 - Verse Speaking 8 years and under - Set Poem to be learned by heart - 1st Rosalind Currie, Ballynure Presbyterian; 2nd Joshua Rush, Hillhall Presbyterian; 3rd Mollie Crothers, Carrickfergus Methodist. Class 6 - Verse Speaking 11, 12 and 13 years - Set Poem to be learned by heart - 1st Rhonda Currie, Ballynure Presbyterian. Class 7 - Bible Reading 8 years and under - 1st Amy Nelson, Joanmount Methodist; 2nd Jamie Bell, Magheramorne Presbyterian; 3rd [tie] Charlotte Patterson, Hillhall Presbyterian and Mollie Glendinning, Ballyhenry Presbyterian. Class 8 - Bible Reading 9 and 10 years - 1st Keevagh Gregory, Magheramorne Presbyterian; 2nd Stacey Dunlop, Joanmount Methodist. Class 9 - Bible Reading 11, 12 and 13 years - 1st Jasmine Ross, Joanmount Methodist; 2nd Kelly Ramsay, Magheramorne Presbyterian; 3rd [tie] Rachael Currie, Joanmount Methodist and Rhonda Currie, Ballynure Presbyterian. Class 10 - Piano Solo 9 years and under - 1st Grace Patterson, Carnmoney Presbyterian. Class 11 - Piano Solo 10 and 11 years - 1st Hannah Patterson, Carnmoney Presbyterian. Class 13 - Instrumental Solo [String] - piano accompaniment, if desired 13 years and under - 1st Kate Doherty, First Carrickfergus Presbyterian; 2nd Leah Cambridge. Class 14 - Instrumental Solo [Wind] - piano accompaniment, if desired 13 years and under - 1st Hannah Patterson, Carnmoney Presbyterian. Class 16 - Percussion Instrument 13 years and under [must be accompanied by piano, guitar, instrumental - live or recorded - 1st [tie] Sam Park, Magheramorne Presbyterian and Rebecca Bell, Carnmoney Presbyterian. Class 17 - Duet - 10 years and under - One hymn or sacred song - 1st Aimee McCullough and Zoe McCullough, Ballyhenry Presbyterian; 2nd Keevagh Gregory and Mark Bissett, Magheramorne Presbyterian. Class 18 - Duet - 13 years and under - One hymn or sacred song - 1st Emily Atkinson and Hannah Millar, Joanmount Methodist; 2nd Ellie Divan and Amy Hamilton, Ballyhenry Presbyterian; 3rd Rachael Currie and Faith Nelson, Joanmount Methodist. Class 19 - Singing Group [2-6 members] - piano or guitar accompaniment [if desired] either self or adult accompanied - 13 years and under - one hymn or sacred song - 1st Magheramorne Presbyterian. Class 20 - Choir - piano or guitar accompaniment only - live or recorded on tape - 13 years and under - One hymn or sacred song - 1st Glengormley Methodist; 2nd Magheramorne Presbyterian; 3rd Ballyhenry Presbyterian. Class 21 - Dramatized Bible Story - 1st Joanmount Methodist.