Jakovie Curry, 16, won first place in the 2024 Dugan’s Got Talent competition. He secured a $5,000 scholarship for his incredible beatboxing performance.

This talent showcase, in its second year, is in partnership with the City of Owensboro. It’s open to high school students, ages 14-18, in the Owensboro-Daviess County area.

Owensboro Parks and Recreation accepted either live or video auditions for the event. The month-long audition period narrowed contestants down to ten finalists who performed in front of a live audience for a chance to earn scholarship dollars. Singing, dancing, comedy, art and magic are just a few of the talents a
student can show off. The 2023 winner, Julie Jarboe, performed an aerialist silks act.

This year, the first-place winner received a one-time $5,000 scholarship due to an additional $1,000 announcement from Mayor Tom Watson right before the event started.

The scholarships are a combination of funds provided by Independence Bank and Owensboro City Parks.

In addition to the first-place winner receiving a one-time, $5,000 scholarship, other awards included:
Second place: one-time $500 scholarship to Helena Klein
Third place: one-time $250 scholarship to Lily Berry
Fourth place: one-time $250 scholarship Spencer Combs and Dylan McCollum

Congratulations to all of the winners!