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Two new Superstars crowned

Northwest Superstar contestants Mindy McKnew (left) and Precious Dunagin were the winners in this year’s event. - Photo by Julia Corbett
Northwest Superstar contestants Mindy McKnew (left) and Precious Dunagin were the winners in this year’s event.
— image credit: Photo by Julia Corbett

It was a close competition, but in the end there could only be two Northwest Superstar winners.

The singing competition is quickly becoming a Whaling Days staple and this year Precious Dunagin walked away the winner in the adult category and Mindy McKnew in the youth category. Dunagin, who has been singing in church since she was 5 years old, kept the beat going and wowed the crowd with her two original songs. Mindy McKnew was first up with “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and went on to showcase her wide vocal range with “I Will Always Love You.”

As the adult winner, Dunagin won $750 and a recording session at Meatlocker Recording in Silverdale. McKnew walked away with $250 and will receive a free recording session as well. Although only two could win the event, all recieved medals for their participation and gave it their best despite the summer heat.

Lindsee Cooper and Patrick O’Brien advanced with Dunagin in the second round. Changing up the musical genre in the first round, O’Brien took the audience back in time, belting his rendition of Boston’s “Peace of Mind.” His performance was just one of a variety of performances that ranged from beat boxing to guitar performances. Aaron James Franco sang his own original version of Usher’s “Confessions,” and entertained the audience with his unique blend of rap and beat boxing.

Stephany Norton, who attends Central Kitsap High School, joined McKnew in the finalist round. She sang Faith Hill’s

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