TSTC to Host Annual Talent Competition

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Texas State Technical College and "Texas Music Cafe" will host the third annual TSTC Talent Search from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at TSTC Student Central in Abilene.
TSTC student contestants will perform as soloists, musicians or groups, and the performances will be posted to YouTube, where the winner will be chosen based on the number of likes on their video.
Holly Tucker (runner-up on NBC's "The Voice") will host the competition, which is taking place at TSTC's four legacy campuses: Harlingen, Marshall, Waco and West Texas. The winner from each location will compete in the finals on Tuesday, March 20, in Waco.
Belinda Palomino, TSTC's coordinator of Student Life and Engagement, said the event should be fun for those attending.
"Holly Tucker will be there, hosting and performing," Palomino said. "There will be music and food, so dinner will be provided for anyone attending."
There is no admission charge to attend.
"I'm just happy I'm not a judge," Palomino laughed. "The competition is very hard each year because the students are so talented."
The grand prize is a $2,500 recording contract and a chance to perform in a live taping of "Texas Music Cafe." Runner-up contestants can receive recording gear, a single recording package or a ukulele package.
"Texas Music Cafe" is an hourlong, magazine-style PBS program that is recorded all over the state of Texas in front of live audiences and broadcast nationally on radio, TV and the internet.
Contestants must be currently enrolled as a full- or part-time student at any TSTC location. For more information, visit tstc.edu/texasmusiccafe/tstctalentsearch.

About TSTC
Texas State Technical College serves Texas through 10 campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and Williamson County. TSTC is the only college in Texas to adopt a funding model based entirely on student employment outcomes - aligning with its purpose of strengthening Texas with a highly skilled, technically competent workforce. Founded in 1965, TSTC celebrated 50 years of service to the state of Texas in 2015.