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Three local children finalists for 'Military Kids Have Talent' contest

Posted at 10:36 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 11:36:45-04

Two children from Killeen and one from College Station have been selected as finalists in the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s “Military Kids Have Talent” contest.

The contest will air during a virtual watch party Friday, July 31 at 8 PM EST on the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s Facebook page.

“Military Kids Have Talent” spotlights the children and survivors of our nation’s military service members and veterans.

Hosted by Actor Jocko Sims (Jarhead, The Last Ship, New Amsterdam), the talent contest will highlight these amazing young people during a time when many milestones and celebrations have been canceled due to COVID-19.

Military kids from across the country submitted recordings of performances for the Foundation’s finalist selection.

From Charlotte, N.C., to Okinawa, Japan, the 38 finalists in five age groups exhibit talents including solo and group vocal performances, dance performances, and comedy.

Finalists from Texas include:

  • Elizabeth and Katherine Buentello of San Antonio
  • Levi Brewster of College Station
  • Luke Eggert of Killeen
  • Teandra Jackson of Killeen
  • Sam Hanna of Waxahachie
  • Sephrya and Lashandra Hallett of Kingsville

“COVID-19 has created more uncertainty in the daily lives of military kids,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “We are excited to be able to recognize them for who they are, and give them a chance to have fun sharing their special talents.”

Following the virtual watch party, Americans will have the opportunity to vote via text for their favorite talents through 12 PM EST on Friday, August 14.

Text to vote information will be shown on screen during the finale episode. After the live watch party, the finale will be available to view on