Students from Minsthorpe Community College took first, second and third places in the 2014 South East Future Stars competition held at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy on February 4th 2014. Both schools held their own individual competitions before Christmas and the best acts then went head to head in the final. I can honestly say that the quality of the performances was astonishing – I actually had a number of SuBo moments, when the hairs on the back of my neck stood up! The competitors were a credit to both schools. I am so proud of all the students last night, they were all real ambassadors for Minsthorpe and Hemsworth. It was an incredible night and all the acts were fantastic. I am so proud that students from Minsthorpe took all three places. Libby Griffiths gave an astonishing modern dance performance to come third and Tyler Baker sang a haunting song as a tribute to her mother and came runner up. The winner, Megan Clamp, sang a powerhouse song that stunned the audience and was a well-deserved winner. I know the judges were blown away with the acts and had a tough time picking a winner. I think it is fair to say that, despite the fact these events have to have winners, all of the acts from both Colleges were winners.
The event, which is sponsored by funds seized from the proceeds of crime, was hosted by Inspector Geoff Carter and PC Amanda Blunt. Amanda and PC Simon Newton work at Hemsworth and Minsthorpe respectively and they organised the hugely successful event. This is a great example of how the police are working positively with schools and the local community. It is good to see money seized from anti-social activities being used to support events that celebrate the talents of young people and that bring the community together. Here’s to Minsthorpe’s Got Talent in December 2014 and our chance to defend the title against Hemsworth in February 2015!