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Pueblo has talent - and heart

Wednesday, May 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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www.chieftain.com, 5/14/19

 

While Pueblo has talent, it also has heart, perseverance and originality.

 

After three previous attempts at the brass ring, 15-year-old Shyanne Ackworth’s elegant performance on the aerial silks earned her the $5,000 first prize in the sixth offering of Pueblo Has Talent, a three-part competition that concluded Saturday.

 

The high school freshman’s presentation high above the East High School auditorium stage, to the sounds of “Breathe Me” by Sia, was created to honor a family member nearly lost to suicide.

 

“My cousin had a best friend who committed suicide 2½ years ago,” said Ackworth, who has been practicing aerial arts for nearly five years. “And my cousin tried to commit suicide himself about a year-and-a-half ago. So almost losing him was really an eye-opener.

 

“I’ve always wanted to support suicide awareness, but when it becomes personal, it makes you appreciate every little thing you have left about them.”

 

As for the prize money, Ackworth said it’s earmarked for her own aerial rig, a much-needed automobile and “to help out my parents.”

 

Despite a chronic illness that’s left her body frail, Brooklyn Salisbury, a 22-year-old singer-songwriter, earned a second-place finish and $2,000 cash award for accompanying herself on keyboard for an original number.

 

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