2018 Participants

Brooke Tarrant


City: Vestavia Hills

College Preference: Furman University

Career Goals: Neurologist

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Thy Will - Hillary Scott and the Scott Family, by Brooke Tarrant)

Isabelle Pope


City: Anchorage

College Preference: University of Rochester

Career Goals: Speech Pathologist or Audiologist

Talent: ASL Song Interpretation (“Glory”, by Common & John Legend)

Jessica Yan


City: Mesa

College Preference: University of Pennsylvania

Career Goals: Mathematics/Economics

Talent: Classical Vocal ("The Jewel Song" , by Charles Gonoud)

Katherine Beasley


City: Conway

College Preference: University of Alabama Honors College

Career Goals: Radio City Rockette and Lawyer

Talent: Tap Dance (It's Too Darn Hot, by Ann Miller)

Kimberly Marquez


City: Bakersfield

College Preference: UC Irvine or CSU Long Beach

Career Goals:

Talent: Ballet Variation (Variation from Paquita, by Petipa)

Danielle Browne


City: Fort Collins

College Preference:

Career Goals: I would like to pursue a career in Pathology.

Talent: Slam Poetry 

Mary Kate Paoli


City: Newark

College Preference: Penn State University Park

Career Goals: Become a lawyer and make a difference in the world

Talent: Dance: Jazz/Contemporary  (Feeling Good by Carolina Isabel , by Self-Choreographed)

Elizabeth Dutch


City: Calhoun

College Preference: Florida State Univ. or Carnegie Mellon Univ.

Career Goals: Perform on Broadway

Talent: Vocal Performance (Forget About the Boy, by From the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie)

Xiao Yi Wang-Beckvall


City: Honolulu

College Preference: Swarthmore College

Career Goals: Film Critic

Talent: Vocal - Broadway (Children Will Listen, by )

Rachel Forest


City: Pocatello

College Preference: Stanford University, Harvard University

Career Goals:

Talent: Classical Ballet (Kitri's Variation from Don Quixote, by Marius Petipa)

Lauren Etzkorn


City: Lisle

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Physician / Surgeon

Talent: Science Demontration Monologue 

Aaryan Morrison


City: Kokomo

College Preference: Minerva Institute at KGI, University of Chicago

Career Goals: United Nations Development Programme Administrator

Talent: Dance  (Ocean, by Lauren Aquilina)

Kelsey Lyons


City: Ankeny

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals: Radiation Oncologist

Talent: Instrumental Solo (Sonata in G Major, by Giovanni Platti)

Grace Lynch


City: Lawrence

College Preference: Creighton University

Career Goals: Physician's Assistant

Talent: Photography Presentation 

Chapel Tinius


City: Bowling Green

College Preference: Centre College

Career Goals: Medical Correspondent

Talent: Violin (Granuaile's Dance, by Mairead Nesbitt)

Celeste Jupiter


City: New Orleans

College Preference: Unversity of Southern California

Career Goals: Sports Medicine Doctor

Talent: Dance (Infra 5, by Max Richter)

Hannah Comfort


City: Winslow

College Preference: University of Maine Orono

Career Goals: Child Development & Education, and Theatre

Talent: Song & Tap Dance (I Can Do That, by Music Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban)

Elena Rippeon


City: Westminster

College Preference: Duke University

Career Goals: Neural Engineering

Talent: Clarinet (Weber Concertino, by Carl Maria von Weber)

Xiadi Zhai


City: Boston

College Preference: Harvard University, Princeton University

Career Goals: Psychiatrist, Flight Surgeon

Talent: Piano Performance (Excerpt from Clair de Lune, by Claude Debussy)

Melanie Taylor


City: Birmingham

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Original Poetry (Gracefully Erased, by Melanie Taylor)

Gianna Rucki


City: Lakeville

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Business Analyst and Computer Engineer

Talent: Speech  (The Power of Vulnerability , by Gianna Rucki)

Abigail Musser


City: Starkville

College Preference: Georgia Institute of Technology

Career Goals: Environmental Engineer

Talent: Violin (Csardas, by V. Monti (edited by Richard Czerwonky))

Ashlyn Nichols


City: Hannibal

College Preference: Liberty University

Career Goals: Broadcast Journalism and English

Talent: Violin (He's a Pirate, by Klaus Badelt)

Rachel Martorana


City: Helena

College Preference: Texas State University

Career Goals: Actress in Musical Theatre

Talent: Vocal/Theatrical Performance (No One Else, by Dave Melloy)

Simeon Saub


City: Omaha

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Professional ballet dancer and French Interpreter

Talent: Pointe Dance (Never Enough, by Loren Alfred)

Lidia Balanovich

New Hampshire

City: Nashua

College Preference: Rice University

Career Goals: Environmental Researcher

Talent: Poetry Reading (There is a Green Oak by the Sea (translated), by Alexander Pushkin)

Varnita Prakash

New Jersey

City: Plainsboro

College Preference:

Career Goals: Biomedical Engineer

Talent: Cultural Dance (Nagada Sang Dhol, by Sanjay Leela Bhansali)

Matuke Fomukong

New Mexico

City: Rio Rancho

College Preference: Combined BA/MD Program UNM

Career Goals: Laser Eye Surgeon

Talent: Spoken Word (Speech to Student Body, by Matuke Fomukong)

Caitlyn Boyd

New York

City: Hoosick Falls

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Art Curator

Talent: Vocal/Theatrical Performance (On the Steps of the Palace, by Stephen Sondheim)

Kennedy Miller

North Carolina


College Preference: Vanderbilt

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Vocal Performance (Astonishing from Little Women, by Jason Howland/Mindi Dickstein )

Ashlen Wright

North Dakota

City: West Fargo

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Economics and Global Affairs

Talent: Vocal (You Raise Me Up, by Rolf Loveland)

Laurel Reynolds


City: Claremore

College Preference: University of Oklahoma

Career Goals: Physician for underserved Native Communities

Talent: Vocal (Astonishing , by Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein)

Jessika Nanez


City: The Dalles

College Preference: University of Washington, University of Alabama

Career Goals: Nursing

Talent: Jazz Dance (River Deep Mountain High by Celine Dion, by Kristi Maley )

Lauren Elledge


City: Washington Boro

College Preference: Pace University, Baldwin Wallace University

Career Goals: Musical Theatre/Deaf Theatre Performance

Talent: tap (Nobody (from Bandstand), by Lauren Elledge)

Viansa Portesi

Rhode Island

City: Warwick

College Preference: The University of Alabama

Career Goals: Public Servant

Talent: Violin (Romanze F-dur op 50, by Ludwig van Beethoven)

Jessie Miller

South Carolina

City: Lexington

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Public Relations for a Non-Profit Organization

Talent: Musical Theatre Performance (I Have Confidence, by Rogers and Hammerstein)

Anneliese Taggart

South Dakota

City: Vermillion

College Preference: University of Notre Dame, University of Villanova

Career Goals: Journalism/Business

Talent: Piano (Whitewater Chopped Sticks, by Calvin Jones )

Leah Humble


City: Sevierville

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Cultural analysis

Talent: Tap Dance  (Great Balls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis)

Sierra Knight


City: Seguin

College Preference: Texas State University

Career Goals: Teacher/Coach or Genetic Counselor

Talent: Singing (All Your Life, by Brian and Clara Henningsen)

Sasha Fazulyanov


City: Cedar Hills

College Preference: Brigham Young University, Yale

Career Goals: BFA/MFA in Acting; Mathematics Minor

Talent: Vocal Performance (Orange Colored Sky, by )

Alexia White


City: Chester

College Preference: James Madison University

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent: Playing the Ukulele  (Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole)

Valencia Lagbo


City: Virginia Beach

College Preference: University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania

Career Goals: International Relations, Global Health, Environmen

Talent: Piano  (Dance of the Wind , by Timothy Brown )

Jana Osborne


City: Moses Lake

College Preference:

Career Goals: Cyber Security Engineer

Talent: Jazz Dance (Jet Set, by Aaron Tveit & Company of the Original Cast of Catch Me If You Can)

Madison Zumwalt

West Virginia

City: Hedgesville

College Preference: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Career Goals: Dance Studio Owner

Talent: Dance: Pointe (Impossible, by Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Harriet Huang


City: Brookfield

College Preference: BYU or University of Washington-Seattle

Career Goals: Dietitian Major, Dance Minor

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Old Skin by Ólafur Arnalds ft. , by Elise Bruk)

Ashlyn Braley


City: Buffalo

College Preference: Texas A&M

Career Goals: Veterinarian Chiropractor

Talent: Jazz Dance (Sparkling Diamonds, by Ashlyn Braley/Donna Grant)

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