Talent shines in Galva park

Doug Boock
Tejai Burgdorf of Oquawka (center), overall winner of Sunday's talent show held during Freedom Fest activities in Galva's Wiley Park, is joined (from left) by individual winners Stephanie Cokel and Shay Hill.

Leaning on a strong guitar and a voice deeper than his 13 years of age, Tejai Burgdorf of Oquawka captured the overall championship in the 2009 Galva Freedom Fest Talent Show, held Sunday afternoon in Wiley Park.

Burgdorf, whose first name is pronounced “Tee-jay,” was dressed in blue jeans, blue shirt and matching cap on his head. He confidently and passionately belted out the song, “In Color” by Jamie Johnson to win the top honor in the contest, held one day later than usual due to Saturday’s rain.

Also placing in contest categories were:

13-and-under group

1. Galva Junior High School dance team - pom routine to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Miley Cyrus

2. Brendon Bryner, 15, Briana Bryner, 10, and Savanah Bryner, 9, all of Neponset - acoustic guitar and vocals to “Take You Back,” by Jeremy Camp

14-and-over group

1. Galva High School dance/drill team - pom dance routine to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai

10-13 single

1. Shay Hill, 13, of Galva - clogging to “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins

2. Katelyn Klein, 13, of Galva - vocal solo to “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

3. Brandi Barrett, 13, of Galva - vocal solo to “Fifteen,” by Taylor Swift

14-and-over single

1. Stephanie Cokel, 18, of Galva - a cappella vocal to “National Anthem”

2. Aly Smith, 15, of Cambridge, vocal to “So Small” by Carrie Underwood.

3. Sara Eagles, 16, Cambridge, contemporary modern dance to “Son of a Preacher Man.”