by: CINDY FAMA - Third-place audience vote winners Hailee Hordichok and Anna Parker. Second-place audience vote winners, the Pop Stars, Emerson Collins, Rylee Beach, Phoebe Hyland. First-place audience vote Lexi Gunter, Lance Gunter and Sydney Holt. Judges Choice winner Dominic Hittle.On Saturday, March 15 the fifth annual “Stars on Stage” saw its most successful night. The fundraiser hosted by the Colton Parent Club is a combination talent show-food booth event. The multipurpose room of Colton High School was filled with pre-show diners before they filed into the gymnasium for the talent contest.

Twenty acts performed for audience votes and the Judges Choice Award. Audience members were charged $2 admission and $1 per vote. Pre-determined (secret) judges voted for ‘best in show’.

Winning the Judges Vote for best of the night complete with $100 check was 11-year-old Dominic Hittle who sang, acapella, Imagine Dragon’s “Demons.”

“I began singing when I was in fourth grade,” sixth-grader, Hittle said.

Hby: CINDY FAMA - A young tap dancer was one of many talented students to perform in Colton Elementary School's Stars on Stage last weekittle’s mother said, “A couple years ago Dominic and his sister started singing around the house. I thought, wow, they can sing. I didn’t think it was just the mom thing, they really could sing.”

The $50 third-place audience vote winners were Hailee Hordichok and Anna Parker who danced to “Happy” from the movie “Frozen.” The $75 check for second-place audience vote were “Pop Stars” Rylee Beach, Emerson Collins and Phoebe Hyland. The Colton Elementary School first-graders opened the night singing Katy Perry’s “Fireworks” and had the onlookers rocking, smiling and singing along. First-place audience vote was earned by dancers Sydney Holt and Lexi Gunter with a cameo by “the Paparazzi” (Lance Gunter) performing to “Watch Me”.

The talent this year included vocalists, dancers, instrumentalist, a reading of an original story, tumbling and a martial arts performance.

Natalie Sprague, again, served as the mistress of ceremonies delivering banter and this year only one ‘bad’ joke which elicited the expected groans and chuckles.

“This year I had the pulled pork sliders and an ice cream soda for dessert,” said one food booth shopper.

Money raised at the food booths and from the raffles went to the sponsoring classrooms, clubs and organizations, money raised from the talent show votes and admission will be used by the Colton Parent Club for classroom needs.

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