MORGAN COUNTY SINGER, SONGWRITER TAKES TOP HONORS IN STATE TALENT FIND
MOBILE, Ala., Dec. 1 -- Performing an original song she wrote, Leslee Scott of Morgan County took first-place honors and $1,000 in the Alabama Farmers Federation's Talent Find competition during the opening session of the organization's 86th annual meeting Sunday evening in Mobile.
|Talent Find first-place winner Leslee Scott of Morgan County, left, accepts her award following the contest along with first alternates Nick Osterman and Justin Bryant.|
Miss Scott was joined by Blaine Horton of Shelby County as she played the piano and they sang "Made for Me" before the crowd of about 1,000 farmers on hand for the three-day meeting.
Scott is the 22-year-old daughter of Jimmy and Sandy Scott of Somerville. She attends Middle Tennessee State University and is pursuing a degree in education. As the 2007 winner, Scott will perform at Farmers Federation functions throughout the coming year.
Autauga County's Justin Bryant and Nick Osterman were named first alternates in the contest and won $500 for their performance of "I Believe." Bryant, 19, and Osterman, 20, both attend the University of Alabama. Their parents are Jeff and JoAnna Bryant and Dale and Vicki Osterman of Prattville.
The Talent Find competition is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation's Young Farmers Division and features the talents of those between the ages of 17 and 25. Throughout the Federation's annual meeting, the state's largest farm organization is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the young farmers program. The golden anniversary also is symbolized by the meeting's theme: "Today's Promise, Tomorrow's Strength."
U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., spoke briefly during the opening session of the meeting where he praised Alabama farmers and pledged to work on their behalf as Congress continues debate a new Farm Bill.
Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry A. Newby presented his annual report during the opening session where he highlighted the accomplishments of the organization in 2007 and reviewed the challenges farmers faced, including storms, an early spring freeze, high operating costs and the worst drought in more than a century.
The Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, has more than 440,000 members.