Colgrove wins Senior Bowl contest

Published 10:13 am Monday, January 14, 2013

Jones Colgrove of Demopolis watched eagerly for the news Monday morning to find he now holds the title as the youngest winner of the Senior Bowl Superstar Competition.

Colgrove will now go on to sing the National Anthem at the 2012 Senior Bowl in Mobile on Jan. 26. Colgrove has also won $1,000 courtesy of Iberiabank.

According to Chris Morgan, sales and marketing director for the Senior Bowl, Colgrove earned 45,000 of the 100,000 votes cast for the top three finalists.

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The 9-year-old singer sat on the edge of the bed around 6:45 a.m. Monday morning with family surrounding him and screamed, “Yeah!” with excitement upon hearing the news.

“We all had tears in our eyes,” Candace Colgrove, Jones’ mother, said. “We are all just very humbled and thankful for the support everyone gave him.”

After hearing the news, Jones jumped into his father’s arms to embrace him in his excitement.

“We are very humbled by everyone’s support, the community, the schools, friends and family that voted for him,” she said.

Voting concluded for the contest at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

Jones is the son of Edmund and Candace Colgrove of Demopolis. His older sister is Mary-McClain, 12, and younger brother is Josiah, 5. They are members of the First United Methodist Church, where Jones sings in the children’s choir. He also plays the piano and plays several baseball positions with travel baseball and the Demopolis All-Stars.

Candace said Jones is ready to sing at the Senior Bowl and he will be accompanied by his vocal instructor Laura Clements, so she can help Jones with his warm-ups before he takes the stage.

He is a student in Kristi Stokes’ third grade class at US Jones.