Practice may not make Sebring High School freshman Nala Price perfect, but it has put another $1,000 in her pocket.
Price, a two-time division winner in Heartland Idol, took home the grand prize Saturday in the Frostproof Rotary Club’s seventh annual talent show, besting a dozen other finalists.
Price captured the judges and audience with her performance of “All of Me” by John Legend.
“I practice every single day,” she said.
Price was a finalist in the Frostproof show last year, an experience she felt may have helped her this past weekend.
“I knew what to expect, and I knew how many people be in the show, and I was a little less nervous,” she said. “Performing in a show like this is very fun for me, I love doing it. I get to show my emotions through my singing.”
She is no stranger to area stages, whether or not it’s singing, or acting.
“Ever since I was 7, I’ve been doing theater at Highlands Little Theater, and I really started singing and dancing. All three of those things together is what I love doing,” she added.”
She took her first Heartland Idol division crown when she was 10, and last year, won the Teen division.
She said she may save some of her winnings this time, and use some to help pay for a possible trip to Hawaii this summer.
“Nala is a talented, energetic and engaging young lady, and a deserving winner,” said Rotary Club president Chuck Thornton. “As always, it was a tough decision for the judges.”
Highlands County was well-represented at the finals.
Sebring’s Joshua Camino won the grades 4-5 division, while James Asumbrado of Avon Park won the senior group. Selmer Callbellez Tepe of Avon Park won the adult division, and Moria Finney of Avon Park won the grades 6-8 grouping. They all won smaller cash prizes.
This is the second year that the show also included a special “People’s Choice” award, where audience members could vote on their favorite performers with a donation of money. The winner was Frostproof’s Shelby Beckman.
The show’s primary sponsors included: Ben Hill Griffin Inc., Watson’s Pharmacy, Central Ridge Estates, Frostproof Chamber of Commerce, Duke Energy and Fort Meade Animal Clinic.
Other sponsors include: Art and Linda Trammell, Badcock’s Furniture and More, Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Latt Maxcy Corporation, Wiggins, Smit, Elam and Reinke, Hunt and Smith Law Firm, Futral Investments, Republic Services, Citizen’s Bank and Trust, John R. and Sarah Jane Alexander, Wilson Insurance, Roscoe Cafe, Ramon Theater, Citrus Diner, Carol Hill, attorney, Frostproof Business Services, O’Hara Restorations, Carol’s Cut ’N Curl, Anne Dickinson, T.R. Croley, P and J Recreation, Buzzy and Libby Elder, Frostproof Coffee and Donuts, Patriot Lawn Care, Chuck and Kati Thornton, Shannon Benton, Jeff and Sharon Henry and Advantage Insurance.