The petite brunette with the big voice did ample justice to the song’s original singer, her power and stage presence easily reaching every ear in the back of the room. Couvillon is the daughter of Wayne and Brenda Couvillon of Vermilion Parish. She will attend the University of Louisiana Lafayette in the fall, majoring in Music Performance.
Ashton McKinley, 16, of Franklin Parish, was named first runnerup in the Senior Talent division. She offered a strong performance of Andrea Bocelli’s “Worth It,” accompanying herself on guitar.
Second runnersup in the Senior division were brother and sister duet Preston and Peyton Magalhaes, representing DeSoto Parish.
The Talent Contest is one of the highlights of the Louisiana Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, this year fielding more than 20 competitors in the Junior and Senior divisions.
This is the 90th annual meeting of the state’s largest general farm organization.
Daniel Crow, of Washington Parish, held the audience in his hands as he performed “Just Another Day,” an original song about family and loss he wrote when he was only nine years old. His polished performance earned him top honors in the Junior Talent division.
Family was the foundation for the Junior division’s first runnersup, too. The charming LeBlanc Family Band Leiton, Paige and Buddy LeBlanc, of St. Martin Parish – sang Cajun classic “My Dear Old Dad,” accompanying themselves on fiddles and guitar.
Second runnersup in the Junior Talent division were dancers Ann Kathryn Fruge, Sophia Stockstill and Elle John, of Lafayette Parish. They kicked up their heels to “It’s Raining Men,” delighting the audience with their sassy performance.
Each winner in the Talent Contest received a trophy and cash prizes.
The Talent Contest is one of the many youth events sponsored by the Louisiana Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. The events are a way to involve young people in the organization’s annual meeting.