Atta Girl! Tatum wins state FFA talent contest
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

Alina Tatum

July 15, 2005 -- Sulphur Springs High School student Alina Tatum was on the way home Friday from the state FFA convention in Lubbock where she won the chance to perform at the National FFA Convention.

FFA teacher Dan Froneberger accompanied his students to the Lubbock event and said Alina's performance was selected from a group of 10 finalists who were judged in the state meet.

"She won it," Froneberger said. "No runoff was needed, she won it outright."

Following the win in Lubbock, Alina will now go to the national FFA convention in Kentucky in October.

Still excited Friday morning, Alina said she was looking forward to October.

"I am very excited. I have never been to the national convention," she said. "It will be awesome."

She is planning to sing songs similar to those that won the Lubbock competition when she reaches the national event.

"I sang "Don't Worry About Me,' by Marty Robbins and I sang a yodeling song called "Swiss Cowboy and Country," she said.

Tatum, the 17-year-old daughter of Lewis and Michelle Tatum of Sulphur Springs, has already seen the spotlight many times in her young career. In June, she added the 2005 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen title to her already long list of achievements, which include performing in a Hollywood musical stage production, "The Last of the Honky Tonk Angels;" acting in a guest appearance on the soap opera "Days of Our Lives;" the overall talent winner at the American Talent Showcase in South Carolina; and singing at the 2001 Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C., just to name a few.

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