2018 Participants

Brooke Tarrant


City: Vestavia Hills

College Preference: Auburn University

Career Goals: Neurologist

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

Isabelle Pope


City: Anchorage

College Preference: La Salle University

Career Goals: Speech Pathologist or Audiologist

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

Jessica Yan


City: Mesa

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Consultant

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: Cal Poly SLO

Career Goals: Human Resources Manager

Talent: Contemporary Ballet (Stairway to Heaven, by Alicia Angelini)

Danielle Browne


City: Fort Collins

College Preference: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

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

Talent: Slam Poetry (Conversation, by Danielle Browne)

Fiona Benson


City: Wethersfield

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: U.S. Diplomat, PhD in American History

Talent: Irish Step Dancing (Irish Presentation Music by Anton and Sully, by Choreographed by Fiona Benson and Mary Beth Griffith)

Mary Kate Paoli


City: Newark

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Jazz Dance  (Feeling Good , by Carolina Isabel )

Valerie Trapp


City: Winter Park

College Preference: Yale University

Career Goals: Foreign Service Officer

Talent: Ballet (La Fille Mal Gardée, Act 2 Variation, by Frederick Ashton)

Elizabeth Dutch


City: Calhoun

College Preference: Rockford University

Career Goals: Perform in a national tour

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

Xiao Yi Wang-Beckvall


City: Honolulu

College Preference: Bowdoin College

Career Goals: Foreign Film Critic

Talent: Vocal - Broadway (Someone Like You from the musical Jekyll and Hyde, by )

Rachel Forest


City: Pocatello

College Preference: UCLA

Career Goals: Financial Analyst

Talent: Contemporary-Ballet (Remix of 300 Violin Orchestra and Heart of Courage, by Jorge Quintero and Two Steps from Hell)

Lauren Etzkorn


City: Lisle

College Preference: The Ohio State University

Career Goals: Physician / Surgeon

Talent: Science Demonstration 

Aaryan Morrison


City: Kokomo

College Preference: Harvard College

Career Goals: United Nations Development Programme Administrator

Talent: Lyrical Dance (To Build A Home, by The Cinematic Orchestra )

Kelsey Lyons


City: Ankeny

College Preference: University of Iowa

Career Goals: Radiation Oncologist

Talent: Soprano Saxophone (Sonata in G Major, by Giovanni Platti)

Grace Lynch


City: Lawrence

College Preference: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Career Goals: Physician Assistant

Talent: Photography Presentation 

Chapel Tinius


City: Bowling Green

College Preference: Belmont University

Career Goals: Musical Theatre

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

Celeste Jupiter


City: New Orleans

College Preference: Stanford University

Career Goals: Sports Medicine Doctor

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Tamacun, by Rodrigo y Gabriela)

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 (Polacca, from the Second Clarinet Concerto, by Carl Weber)

Xiadi Zhai


City: Boston

College Preference: Harvard University

Career Goals: Psychiatrist, Flight Surgeon

Talent: Viola  (Excerpt from Sonata in A Minor (Arpeggione), by Franz Schubert)

Melanie Taylor


City: Birmingham

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Jazz Dance (Don't Rain on My Parade, by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill)

Gianna Rucki


City: Lakeville

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Business Analyst

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

Abigail Musser


City: Starkville

College Preference: Mississippi State University

Career Goals: Environmental Engineer

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

Ashlyn Nichols


City: Hannibal

College Preference: Southwest Baptist University

Career Goals: Broadcast Journalist and Writer

Talent: Violin (This is Me, by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

Rachel Martorana


City: Helena

College Preference: Grand Canyon 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)

Taylor Blatchford


City: Boulder City

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Communications

Talent: Classical Violin (Hungarian Dance No.5 , by Johannes Brahms)

Lidia Balanovich

New Hampshire

City: Nashua

College Preference: Dartmouth College

Career Goals: Environmental Researcher

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

Cassidy Diamond

New Jersey

City: Pittsgrove

College Preference: Dartmouth College

Career Goals: FBI Intelligence Analyst & US President

Talent: Tap Dance (Confident, by Demi Lovato)

Megan Bizzell

New Mexico

City: High Rolls

College Preference: The University of New Mexico

Career Goals: Business Management/ Criminal Forensics

Talent: Cheer Dance Routine (Sugar, by Maroon 5)

Caitlyn Boyd

New York

City: Hoosick Falls

College Preference: Rhode Island School of Design (Class of 2022)

Career Goals: Art Curator

Talent: Vocal/Theatrical Performance (Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Kennedy Miller

North Carolina


College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Career Goals: Attorney

Talent: Vocal Performance (O mio babbino caro, by Giacomo Puccini)

Ashlen Wright

North Dakota

City: West Fargo

College Preference: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Career Goals: International Finance and Public Service

Talent: Vocal (Bring Him Home, by Claude-Michel Schonberg)

Elizabeth Ohl


City: Alexandria

College Preference: Ohio State University

Career Goals: To become a veterinarian and start my own practice

Talent: Piano (Interstellar Main Theme, by Hans Zimmerman arranged by Patrik Pietschmann)

Laurel Reynolds


City: Claremore

College Preference: Dartmouth College

Career Goals: Physician for underserved Native Communities

Talent: Vocal ( On My Way, by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley)

Jessika Nanez


City: The Dalles

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Nursing

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

Lauren Elledge


City: Washington Boro

College Preference: Kent State University

Career Goals: Musical Theatre/Deaf Theatre Performance

Talent: Tap Dance (Nobody, from Bandstand, the Musical, by Alyson Shanklin)

Viansa Portesi

Rhode Island

City: Warwick

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: U.S. Senator

Talent: Violin (Concerto in E Major, by Johann Sebastian Bach)

Jessie Miller

South Carolina

City: Lexington

College Preference: University of South Carolina Honors College

Career Goals: Non-Profit Organization Director

Talent: Musical Theatre Performance (Gimme Gimme from Thoroughly Modern Millie, by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan)

Anneliese Taggart

South Dakota

City: Vermillion

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Working in Communications for the Executive Branch

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

Leah Humble


City: Sevierville

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Political Analyst

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: Fiddle and Singing (Texas Fiddle Song, by Leona and Ron Williams)

Sasha Fazulyanov


City: Cedar Hills

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Theatrical Artist

Talent: Vocal Performance (My Man, by Albert Willemetz and Jaques Charles)

Alexia White


City: Chester

College Preference: James Madison University

Career Goals: Elementary Education

Talent: Ukulele Medley  (Can't Help Falling in Love, Riptide and Count on Me, by Elvis Presley, Vance Joy, Bruno Mars)

Valencia Lagbo


City: Virginia Beach

College Preference: University of Virginia

Career Goals: Global, Public, and Environmental Health

Talent: Piano  (Tumbling Toccatina, by Claudette Hudelson )

Jana Osborne


City: Moses Lake

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Cyber Security Attorney

Talent: Jazz Dance (Jet Set, by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman)

Madison Zumwalt

West Virginia

City: Hedgesville

College Preference: Webster University

Career Goals: Graphic Designer and Choreographer/Dancer

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

Harriet Huang


City: Brookfield

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Dietitian

Talent: Classical Ballet (Giselle Act I Variation, by )

Ashlyn Braley


City: Buffalo

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Public Relations/Event & Hospitality Management

Talent: Jazz Dance (Sparkling Diamonds, by Nicole Kidman)

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