Child pianist from Enterprise wins big in national talent competition

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ENTERPRISE, ALA. (WDHN) — A young pianist put the City of Progress on the map after winning a national talent competition, according to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation.

Kormeri Sohui Jones of Enterprise won the 7-9 age group in this year’s virtual “Military Kids Have Talent.” To showcase her talent, Kormeri played “Spanish Caballero” on the piano.

“Military Kids Have Talent” was hosted by actor Jocko Sims, who starred in the film “Jarhead” and is now working on NBC’s “New Amsterdam” and TNT’s “The Last Ship.” The winners performed in an hour-long show on the foundation’s Facebook page, which was seen by more than 150,000 people.

The winners were then chosen from 36 finalists through a public vote. All the finalists were children of military service members.

Here are the winners from the other divisions.

  • Wyatt, Shane, Luke, Heidi Winchester (6 and under) – Fayetteville, N.C. (Dance)
  • Addyson Tabankin (10-11) – Rexford, N.Y. (Piano)
  • Raegan Lawson (12-14) – Greenwood, Ind. (Singing)
  • Cameron Davis (15-18) – Jacksonville, N.C. (Singing)

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation created the competition with the help of Comcast, NBC Universal, and TNT to help give military children and their families a positive outlet.

“We created this virtual opportunity because COVID-19 caused many celebrations and milestones to be canceled for military kids and we are delighted by the enthusiastic nationwide response and participation,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “We congratulate our five talented winners and thank Americans from coast to coast who supported the contestants with their votes.” 

The foundation is now working with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Carelinx, and AARP to give respite relief for military and veteran caregivers.

“This program offers eligible caregivers of service members and veterans access to no-cost short term relief with the help of Carelinx and healthcare professionals,” Sims said.

Forty thousand hours of non medical home care will be provided to more than 1600 caregivers and service members across California, Florida, and Texas.

You can read more about the foundation and its programs here.

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