‘Washington’s Got Talent’ showcases young performers

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by Katie Roupe
Katie Roupe / Observer-Reporter
“Washington’s Got Talent” contestants will take to the stage Saturday at Trinity High School for a chance to win cash prizes. Funds raised will go to Washington Health System Teen Outreach. Check out the special section at for video interviews and to vote for your favorite contestant. Order a Print

A little encouragement is all it took for 17-year-old Lauren Ragland to audition for “Washington’s Got Talent.” Her Fort Cherry High School teacher persuaded her to try out for the talent show, and Ragland jumped at the chance.

“I love performing and a chance to inspire people,” Ragland said.

Ragland is one of 14 young contestants who will sing, dance and rap their way across the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity High School to win the crown and cash prizes.

“Washington’s Got Talent” started five years ago and is the only fundraiser for Washington Health System Teen Outreach. “Washington’s Got Talent” coordinator Amy Podgurski-Gough said she hopes to accomplish three goals with the show.

“I want to raise money for an organization and programs that I truly believe in with all my heart and to support my mother’s mission,” Podgurski-Gough said. “I want to showcase the incredible talent that Washington County has to offer and, most importantly, I want as many young people as possible to be involved with a show that they are proud of and will remember forever.”

Podgurski-Gough said community members should attend the show because it is the best night of entertainment in Washington County.

“If you ever wanted to see the power that young people have when they come together for one cause, then this is one show you do not want to miss,” Podgurski-Gough said.

Teen Outreach held nine auditions to include school districts across the county, as well as several open auditions. The 14 contestants, both solo acts and groups, will showcase original raps, song mashups, piano playing, dance and vocals. The contestants put in hours of personal practice, as well as rehearsing the week before the show to perfect their talents. Ragland couldn’t tally all the time she put into her performance.

“It takes a lot of determination and will and desire to do it,” Ragland said. “But I’d recommend it to anybody.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth and can be purchased online at or by calling Teen Outreach at 724-222-2311.