LAKE GEORGE - Lake George may be a launching pad that might lead to a ticket to Hollywood some day, a North Warren High School junior has recently been thinking.
Lindsey Meade, daughter of Sharon and Kent Meade of Brant Lake, won this summer's Lake George Has Talent competition, held weekly through summer at Shepard Park.
She took grand prize in the grand finale competition Aug. 30 among a half dozen vocalists who won the weekly contests held either in the park or at Shepard's Cove, a tavern nearby.
"I feel overwhelmed and excited," Lindsey said, remarking that the competition felt to her similar to how an appearance on American Idol might feel.
"I've been in talent shows before, but this was a lot more serious," she said.
Lindsey said the positive response she received from the Lake George audience is encouraging her to go forward in her singing career - and that she would like to audition for American Idol when it visits the state searching for talent.
"It was a good feeling to have tons of people come up and compliment me after my performances," Lindsey said. Her mother noted with pride that Lindsey had received a standing ovation after a performance in the competition.
North Warren High School Vocal and Chorus Instructor Maria Maltbie Swartz said Friday that Lindsey indeed has a voice that holds promise.
"Lindsey has great natural talent," Swartz said. "She sings because she loves it - It's her passion, and it comes through in her voice when she sings."
Lindsey has another credit for her resume. she won a karaoke competition this August at Sweet Basil Restaurant.
Previously, she has performed in leading roles in several North Warren drama productions and community theater shows in Chestertown.
Also, she has participated - through North Warren High -in CASMA and NYSMA vocal competitions. She served as a state representative to the latter, her mother said.
She received a one-semester scholarship to study with opera singer and vocal instructor Teresa Treadway Lloyd at Adirondack Community College.
Her win in the Lake George Has Talent contest means she won an opportunity to perform at the Great Escape amusement park this fall, and she is to receive hundreds of dollars of merchandise and services in prizes, her mother said.
Recently, in the auditions held at the TV8 studio in Glens Falls for an Adirondack tourism commercial, Lindsey was one of 10 people who received a call-back for filming, her mother Sharon Meade said. Several years ago, she won the Warren County Fair talent contest, and was an entrant in the New York State Fair Talent competition.
"Lindsey just has to get her name out there and get as much experience as she can," Meade said.
Lindsey's pursuits aren't limited to music. Her other interests in the performing arts include, dancing - tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop.
Also, she is active in basketball, field hockey, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Council, and she is a member of the Warren County Youth Board. She worked all summer, waitressing Susie Q's Restaurant in Brant Lake.
Lindsey's voice is well known in northern Warren County. She sings the National Anthem before basketball games, and sang at the Rotary Chestertown Club's 60th anniversary party held this summer.