Big Sandy Idol, presented and organized by the Music Department of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and sponsored by State Farm Insurance agent Jennifer Reynolds, is a talent and scholarship competition that offers two winners from each of the 15 high schools in Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, and Martin Counties, a chance to compete for a demo CD recording, a full-album recording, a $1,200 vocal scholarship to attend BSCTC, along with a spot with the Big Sandy Singers and $1,000 cash.
The Belfry auditions were postponed from an earlier date due to weather related school cancellations. Big Sandy Idol is usually held during the school day with the student body comprising the audience. But, due to the amount of instructional time that has been missed, students could not miss any more class hours and the program was held directly after school hours.
Each high school sends its winner and runner up to regional competition, then to the Big Sandy Idol finals held at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.
Four students received honorable mentions, which includes a pass to the Big Sandy singer vocal camp, worth $250. They were Trusanda Dotson, Megan Ray, Ashely Sturgill and Kailee Fletcher.
The winner was Cassee Ashley, the runner up was Justin Carroll. Both singers will represent Belfry at the Big Sandy Idol competition, which will be held March 13 and 14 at the MAC.