Megan Elizabeth (Clough) Felts graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a Master's of Music in Music Education in May. A 2003 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and 2007 Berklee College of Music graduate, Felts is the daughter of Lisa Rollin and Mike McKrill and John and Marian Clough. She and her husband, Brandon, reside in Norwood, Mass.
Kids coming into any of the three Juneau Public Libraries this summer may enter a weekly drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. They may enter the drawing by writing a book review on forms available at the library or online at www.juneau.org/library. This is open to all ages through teens.
The drawing winners on July 29 were Talia Davis, 11, a ride from Alaska Zipline Adventures; Sarah-Sophia Lie-Nielsen, 9, won a gift certificate form the Alaska Shirt Co.; Hannah L. Elizarde, 9, two Mount Roberts Tramway passes; Joey Ramseth, 3, a gift certificate from the Amazing Bookstore; Maxwell Baker-Freid, 10, a gift certificate from the Alaskan Fudge Co.; and Nolan Campbell, 7, a gift certificate from Rainy Retreat Books.
At the end of February, former Juneau resident Ingrid Varness-Knox, of Anchorage, entered a singing talent contest with the Laura Model and Talent Agency in Anchorage. One of the judges was Kim Meyer, director of the Applause Model and Talent Search in Chicago. Meyer told Varness-Knox she wanted her at the talent showcase she was putting on in Chicago the end of May.
Since Varness-Knox was a little girl she has always wanted to sing and act, she said. After encouragement from her husband, she decided to go to Chicago and audition with talent scouts and agents from New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. She and her husband left for Chicago on May 26 for a three-day Talent Showcase of 250 other singers, dancers, models, etc.
Talent scouts and angents included Epic Records, Ford Modeling, Herman and Lipson Casting, Barry Shapiro, Wally Burr Casting and many more. Varness-Knox won a commercial photo award for a picture from her photo shoot of her holding a coffee cup, looking at the newspaper and her hair in rollers, as well as one photo of her holding Pine Sol and a mop. She also received a call back from Catherine Schueller, of CurveStyle magazine in New York City.
Varness-Knox has been in local musicals with the Juneau-Douglas Little Theater, in the plays "The Taffetas" and "Archie and Mehitabel." She also gave concerts to raise money for the homeless, kids with leukemia and crisis pregnancy off and on for seven years.