UPDATE: WVUP’s Got Talent winner announced

Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 2:46 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2021 at 6:17 PM EST
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UPDATE: 2/26/2021 6:15 P.M.

WVU-Parkersburg has named the winner of its talent show competition, WVUP’s Got Talent.

Olivia Kinder was announced as the winner of this year’s competition during a virtual presentation Thursday Night.

In the competition Kinder sang and played guitar. For the grand finale she performed “Fires” by Jordan St. Cyr.

“It was a really special song to me, says Kinder. “I heard it on the radio a few weeks ago and I just fell in love with it.”

Kinder was suprised when hearing her name announced as the winner and wants to thank everyone for their support.

“I was honestly shocked; I was not expecting to win at all,” explains Kinder. “I even said that at the finale. They said Olivia what are your words, and I was like I’m shocked this even happened. I was not expecting to win. But I give God all the glory.”

She won against a total of 10 finalists who competed.

While this year’s event was virtual, the community still showed their support for the event and for the students participating.

“It ended up being a fabulous turnout.” says Samantha Suggs, WVU-Parkersburg Student Activities Coordinator. We had a great turnout for Peoples Choice Votes and lots of viewers. It was just a fun evening.”

This year’s event received over 600 People’s Choice Votes as the community showed support for their favorite contestants.

UPDATE: 2/26/2021

WVU-Parkersburg’s talent show competition, WVUP’s Got Talent, wrapped up with a virtual presentation Thursday night, during which it named Olivia Kinder as the 2021 winner.

Kinder is a sophomore in the university’s early childhood education program and will be completing her associate’s degree this year. In the competition, she sang and played guitar. She won against a total of 10 finalists who competed.

The competition gave students an opportunity to showcase their creativity during a time when the pandemic has often made it more difficult for them to do so.

“I think it was a great way for the campus community to come together virtually and rally around our students. It was a fun evening and the students really appreciated it because they got to do something they love in the middle of a difficult semester,” said Samantha Suggs, student activities coordinator.

The full WVUP’s Got Talent video presentation can be viewed below.

WVUP's Got Talent Finale

Watch the amazing talent from WVUP!

Posted by West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Thursday, February 25, 2021

ORIGNAL STORY: 1/11/2021

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - WVUP is taking submissions for its WVUP’s Got Talent competition. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will be held virtually this year.

Students and other members of the campus community may submit videos of dance, acting, comedy, and musical performances, photos of visual art and fashion pieces, written pieces, and more.

The event, which was launched last year, is open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“I wanted to create an event that would allow our campus community to showcase their different talents,” said Samantha Suggs, student activities coordinator.

During this time when students and others have fewer opportunities than usual to present their creative work, the university hopes the event will provide a platform for them to do so.

Winners will be announced during a virtual show presented via Facebook Live and YouTube. Contestants will be interviewed and their vides and photos will be presented. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in live polling, and judges will announce their decision.

The university’s president, Chris Gilmer, will serve as one of the five judges, along with others from the campus community.

Submissions may be sent in online here. The deadline is February 2.

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