Singing, dancing, comedy, art, and magic are just a few of the many talents the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Department is searching for in the first-ever “Dugan’s Got Talent.” The talent show,
sponsored by Independence Bank of Owensboro, will take place at the Dugan Best Recreation Center and is open to high school students, aged 14-18 in the Owensboro – Daviess County area.

Compete for a $4,000 Scholarship

2nd Place $500 Scholarship

3rd & 4th Place $250 Scholarship

Ticket Sales for the Show 

OPENS Monday, March 25

Tickets will be available to purchase online, over the phone at 270-687-8700,

or in person at the Owensboro Parks & Recreation Administrative Center located at 1530 McJohnson Avenue.

Talent Show Night 

Saturday, April 12

Dugan Best Recreation Center 

Show Time: 6:00 p.m.

MC – Announcer: Chad Benefield, WBKR Host

Meet the Contestants



Color Guard

Nate Watson is an 18-year-old senior at Daviess County High School. His favorite food is Cane’s box combo. In his free time, he enjoys singing, dancing color guard, and hanging out with friends. After high school, he plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in nursing. In the future, he wants to open his own Pediatrics Clinic. Nate has a Golden Retriever named Mocha and a Husky named Shadow. His role model is Gabrielle Vita.

Lily Barry

Vocalist and Musician

Lily Berry is a 17-year-old senior at Apollo High School. Her favorite food to eat is orange chicken. Lily’s hobbies include acting, singing, listening to music, and sleeping. Her future is to go to college and study music. She has one cat that she loves to death. Lily has an incurable illness, but says she does what she can. Her role models are her parents; they are living life doing things that they love.

Helena Klein


Helena Klein is a 16-year-old junior at Daviess County High School. Her favorite food is salads and cinnamon rolls. Her hobbies include acrobatics, gymnastics, and playing the piano. After high school, Helena plans to attend college. What makes Helena unique is that she is an exchange student from Germany. Her role model is her mother.

Clayton Manire


Clayton Manire is a 17-year-old senior at Daviess County High School. His favorite food is chicken tenders. His hobbies include clogging, drumming, and spending time with family and friends. Clayton plans to attend Western Kentucky University and major in business. He is an extrovert. Clayton’s role model is his mother because she is the definition of kind and selfless.

Diba Karimi

Artist – Drawing

Diba Karimi is a 17-year-old junior at Owensboro High School. Her favorite foods are pizza and fish. Her hobbies include reading and drawing. Diba plans to attend college and become a dentist. She has a high attention to detail and emotional intelligence. Her role model is her parent.


Vocalist: “Another in the Fire” Hillsong United

Abilgail Oakes is a 16-year-old sophomore at Glory and Grace Academy. She loves to eat orange chicken. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, singing, making jewelry, hanging out with siblings, ice skating, and cuddling with her dog. She plans to go into law enforcement or social work to help child victims. Abigail has a Yorkie named Gracie. Abigail is adopted and has a huge family. Her role models are her mom and sisters.

Elizabeth Burgan

Vocalist singing in Russian

Elizabeth Burgan is a 17-year-old senior at Daviess County High School. Her favorite food is pineapple. Her hobbies include baking, painting, drawing, building and making dioramas, and playing video games. After high school, she plans to attend the University of Louisville and major in computer or political science and minor in Russian. Elizabeth has a cat named Daisy and a dog named Lucy. Her role model is her mom.


Musician – playing electric guitar: “Pantera Jam”

Matthew Boarman is a 16-year-old sophomore at Owensboro Catholic High School. His favorite food to eat is peanut butter and banana toast. His hobbies include the electric guitar. Matthew is interested in science and hopes to carry this into college. Matthew likes heavy metal music. His role model is Dimebag Darrell from the bands Pantera and Damageplan.

Michya Durr-Dulin


MiChya Durr-Dulin is a 16-year-old sophomore at Apollo High School. Her favorite food is ramen noodles. Her hobbies include dancing, drawing, and creating stories. After high school, she plans to go to college. Her style, attitude, and sense of humor make her unique. Her role models are her mother, Sade the singer, and many of her family members.

Spencer Combs & Dylan McCollam


Spencer Combs is a 17-year-old senior at Owensboro High School. He loves Raising Cane’s chicken. His hobbies include going to the gym, playing music, working, and hanging out with friends. He is undecided on which college to attend, but he plans to major in chemistry. He has a Pomeranian named Izzy. Spencer loves Chemistry. His role model is Chris Stapleton.

Jakovie Curry

Human Beat Box

Jakovie Curry is a 16-year-old junior at Owensboro High School. His favorite food is fried chicken. His hobbies include beatboxing, learning, and playing basketball. Jakovie plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in electrical engineering. He has a dog named Nyla. His role model is his friend from middle school who passed away.


Meet The Judges!

Susanne Story

Independence Bank, Community Enrichment Officer

Susanne always has a smile on her face and is always one with a quick come-back; she’s the epitome of what being on a team is all about. Her commitment to our community is as big and awesome as her laugh is.


Nick Oller

Independence Bank, Daviess County President

Nick believes that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Daviess County’s fearless leader has a heart for our community and instills that mindset in his team every day.


Honorable Mayor Tom Watson

City of Owensboro

Tom first served as Mayor of Owensboro from 2005-2008. He was re-elected for a second term in 2016 and is now serving his third term (and in his 12th year) as Mayor.

One of the driving forces behind Tom’s desire to serve as Mayor was to help create a better and brighter future for the youth in our city. He is a firm believer that everything elected officials do should be with our future generations in mind and that we should all strive to leave it better than we found it.  Tom is honored to serve again as a judge for Dugan’s Got Talent and is looking forward to seeing the youth perform this evening.

Rafe Buckner

 Northwest Neighborhood Alliance Chairperson

Rafe Buckner, born and raised in Owensboro, is a graduate of Owensboro Senior High School. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration and Planning from Tennessee State University and is the Owner of A Cut Above Mowing LLC.

Rafe has served as the Chairperson of the Northwest Neighborhood Alliance since 2019 and is a participant in the 23’-24’ Leadership Owensboro class. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Owensboro Dust Bowl Board and is a committee member of the Through Sleet’s Eyes Festival. Rafe recently completed his second consecutive term on the Owensboro Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Bobby McCormick

Dugan Best Neighborhood Alliance Chairperson

Bobby G. McCormick is the oldest of seven children and a native of Owensboro, KY. He and his wife of 62 years, Mary Helen (McHenry) McCormick, have three children, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Bobby is the current chair of the Dugan Best Neighborhood Alliance and has been involved in the program since its inception in 1999. He is a former board member of the Owensboro Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and past league president of Western Cal Ripken youth baseball where he served as league president for 10 years after actively coaching for 28 years. His presence in the league continues with the naming of Field 1 as the Bobby McCormick Field in 2003. Bobby is honored to once again be a part of Dugan’s Got Talent.

Ron Rhodes

Chief Meteorologist, Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)

Ron Rhodes is an Owensboro, Kentucky native. He graduated from Western Kentucky University, and he earned his meteorology degree from Mississippi State. He was awarded the National Weather Association Seal of Approval in 1995.

Ron prides himself on keeping a high (usually 90%) accuracy rate for his forecasts.

Ron is often amused by the mail he receives from viewers, particularly the notes poking fun at unforeseen weather that catches him, and the Tri-State, off-guard.

Ron is excited to be a judge for the evening.