Mountaintop Residents Capture Honors At ‘Cynonfardd’ Eisteddfod

Several Mountaintop residents participated in the 125th “Cynonfardd” Eisteddfod, the longest running continuous Eisteddfod outside of the country of Wales. The event was held at the Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church in Edwardsville on April 26, 2014.

Mrs. Bette L. Devers, Chair of the Eisteddfod, opened the event by introducing the presiding officers for the day. Mrs. Alice Welker was the Adjudicator of Music. Mrs. Welker has taught Choral Music in public schools and presently has a private voice studio in Larksville. The Adjudicator of Recitations was Prof. Joseph Dawson of Wilkes College where he serves as Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies. The accompanist for the afternoon session was Mrs. Jill Antall, and for the evening session, Mrs. Brenda Nighbert,

The afternoon session was filled with 82 different competitions in vocal music, piano and recitations for children from under age 5 to 18 years. The session followed with a Young Peoples’ Chorus singing the National Anthem. Following the afternoon session, a buffet was prepared and served by the women of the church under the direction of Mrs. Betty Jones and Mrs. Eleanor Vojtko.

The evening session opened with a mini Gymanfa Ganu directed by Mrs. Carol Ellis, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Barbara Futchel. The adult competition followed with 50 competitors in vocal music, recitations, and Bible reading, concluding with the Chorus competition.

It was a day filled with talented individuals continuing the culture of the Eisteddfod.

The following Mountaintop residents were winners in the afternoon session:

Aubrey Jumper, who captured1st place in the Vocal Solo for students 8 to 10 years, and 2nd Place in Recitation.

Jean Bonn earned 3rd Place in Recitation in the 8 to 10 years category.

Caroline Jones captured 1st place in Vocal Solo and 1st Place in Recitation, and 2nd Place in Piano Solo in the 16-18 year old bracket.

Caroline and Rachel Jones captured 1st Place in Vocal Duet in the 13-18 year old bracket.

Alan Alday placed 1st in Piano Solo for 16 to 18 year olds.

Michael Ceklosky of Wapwallopen, took 3rd Place in Recitation, for students in the 13-15 year old category.

Placing 1st in the Young People’s Chorus (18 years and younger) were: Caroline Jones, Rachel Jones, Casey Cryan, Ben Nause, Alice Novatnak and Aubrey Jumper.

In the evening session, Sally Morgan Dirico of Nuangola and Carol Jones Wolosz captured 2nd Place in the Amateur Recitation Duet.