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Woodbury eighth-grader wins Lake's Got Talent

Landon Wahlquist

Eighth-grader Landon Wahlquist sang his way to victory at Lake Middle School's first Lake's Got Talent show. Landon competed the past two years in the school's Lake Idol singing competition, making it to the third round in seventh grade.

This year, the school changed the format, allowing students with talents other than singing to also compete. Fifteen students were selected in initial auditions to perform during the final round Feb. 5. The contestants included a magician, violinist, pianist, dancers and vocalists.

Ava Bartel and Reghan Sikorski earned second and third place, respectively. Landon, 14, chose to sing "Back in Town" by Matt Dusk.

"It sounded like a lot of fun," he said. "It is the right range for me." The Woodbury resident earned a spot on the Minnesota and the national honor choirs of the American Choral Directors Association. He also performs with the Minnesota Saints Chorale and the middle school's vocal jazz group "Voices of Lake."

As the Lake's Got Talent first-place winner, he received a $50 certificate, donated by the Parent Teacher Association, to spend at the school's Scholastic book fair. The contest itself serves as a vital fundraiser for the Student Literacy Council, which helps teachers pay for reading materials that aren't covered in the budget. This year's earnings will help fund a field trip to the Young Authors Conference. Landon performed his winning song again Feb. 22 at the school's pep rally and will travel to Missouri to sing with the ACDA national honor choir on March 2.