Dancers Kaden Hohman and Sayler Wise perform at the seventh annual Ohio Has Talent! competition. The duo were awarded a trophy and a prize of $1,000. (Times Bulletin/Angela Stith)
Dancers Kaden Hohman and Sayler Wise perform at the seventh annual Ohio Has Talent! competition. The duo were awarded a trophy and a prize of $1,000. (Times Bulletin/Angela Stith)

VAN WERT - The winners of the 2014 Ohio Has Talent! competition were crowned Saturday evening at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. The first place winners were Kaden Hohman and Sayler Wise of Van Wert, who won for their dance and tumbling routine. The two young dancers have been performing together for four years. For winning the seventh annual Ohio Has Talent! competition, Hohman and Wise received a $1,000 award.

Nineteen acts from throughout nearby counties showed off their talents Saturday evening for the panel of judges as well as the voting audience. The event is a benefit show for Community Health Professionals’ Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center. The center provides care to families when a life-limiting illness cannot be managed at home. Patient care is provided by trained hospice nurses, and the center provides places to accommodate families.

Second place and $500 was awarded to Van Wert Middle School student Michaella Johnson, who sang a spiritual, accompanied by her vocal coach Jake Wilder. Johnson also plays trumpet and piano, and is a member of the cross country and track teams at VWMS. She was named honorable mention at last year’s competition.

Juggling and comedy duo Craig Muhlenkamp of Coldwater and Danny Scheible of Houston took home third place and $250. The two juggled clubs, knives, and what were described by the pair as “rat traps on sticks” in their dangerous and funny act.



Honorable mention was given to country band The Shelby County Line. The band, comprised of high school students, plays both fresh, new country as well as older classic songs. The band’s members are Paul Luft of Yorkshire, Ben Tuttle of St. Marys, Cody Paul of Minster, and Michael Molasky of New Bremen.

Also receiving honorable mention was Victoria Ruble, who sang “One Moment in Time” for the audience. Ruble is a sophomore at Garrett High School in Indiana, where she is involved in volleyball, basketball, softball, and singing. She hopes to pursue a career in music.

The other talented performers included vocalist Makenna Cabe, who is a senior at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney. Jon Albert is an 18-year-old dancer from Ft. Wayne who combines popping, b-boying, and hip-hop. Albert placed third in last year’s competition. Hailey and Heather Harshbarger are sisters from Anna who performed a vocal duet while Hailey played piano.

Magician Tyler Nygren of Van Wert fascinated the audience with his illusions. Yan Coppler of Fostoria performed a vocal solo. Coppler’s daughter, May also competed Saturday evening. May Coppler performed a song and dance routine. The Copplers are the first mother and daughter to compete in Ohio Has Talent.

Gabriel Beming of Sidney and Caroline Prakel of Versailles performed a comedic piano duet with antics inspired by Victor Borge. Katlayne Poorman of Fort Wayne sang a medley of modern pop songs. Parkway Middle School student Shay Bolton sang her rendition of “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.”

Spencerville High School students Schylar Miller and Cole Wilson performed a vocal/alto saxophone duet. Ann, James, and Jonathan Brake performed an original composition that combined Ann’s dancing and James’s piano playing and vocals. Their brother Jonathan added a guitar solo to the piece.

Danielle Stoller, a student at Illinois State University who grew up in Latty played a classical violin piece. The dancing duo of Hayleigh Bacome of Delphos and Amanda Leis of Elida performed a dance about the power of friendship. St. Henry High School student Hannah Tumbusch sang “Dream in Color.”

While the votes were being counted, special guest, 2013 Ohio Has Talent winner Alex Wunder entertained the audience. Wunder is a vocalist who performs his own spin on classic songs from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Judges at the event were Kim Mason, Tricia Profit-Kuhn, and Gary Adams. The event’s emcee was Wally Grimm.