2017 Participants

Claire Kendrick


City: Birmingham

College Preference: The Juilliard School

Career Goals: Professional Dancer

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Found, by Christel Alsos)

Susannah Cowley


City: Phoenix

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Physician's Assistant & Music Minor

Talent: Violin Performance (Csardas, by Vittorio Monti)

Brighton Barnard


City: Little Rock

College Preference: University of Arkansas

Career Goals: Fashion entrepreneur and designer

Talent: Contemporary Dance (Samskeyti Acoustic, by Sigur Ros)

Catherine Liang


City: Santa Rosa

College Preference: Columbia University, UPenn, UCLA

Career Goals: International Relations / Journalism

Talent: Classical Piano (Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin)

Kate Fitzgerald


City: Fort Collins

College Preference: California Polytechnic State University

Career Goals: Marine Biologist

Talent: Dance (Heartless, by Veronica Woods)

Jaymie Bianca


City: Bristol

College Preference: Providence College

Career Goals: Human Rights Lawyer and a published poet

Talent: Baton twirling (Alice in Wonderland Medley , by Jefferson Airplane, Rachel Rose Mitchell )

Grace Otley



College Preference: Princeton

Career Goals: Engineering

Talent: Vocal, piano, electric violin (Titanium, by David Guetta )

Skye Bork

District of Columbia

City: Washington

College Preference: Columbia University

Career Goals: Lawyer, Political Office

Talent: Dance  (Coming to Life, by Choreography by Tamas Krizsa)

Brianna Peet


City: Apopka

College Preference: Stanford / Yale / Princeton / Harvard / Duke

Career Goals: Psychiatrist

Talent: Dance (La Vie En Rose, by RJ Mitchell)

Olivia Pelton


City: Milledgeville

College Preference: Carnegie Mellon or Florida State University

Career Goals: Major in musical theatre, perform on Broadway

Talent: Musical Theatre, Vocal (Think of Me, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Lani Matsumiya


City: Aiea

College Preference:

Career Goals: International Corporate Lawyer

Talent: Vocals (Cry Me A River, by Arthur Hamilton)

Abigail Kunz


City: Rigby

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Emmy Award-winning Multi-media Journalist

Talent: Vocal (The Prayer, by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion)

Lauren DeSmedt


City: Aurora

College Preference: University of Illinois

Career Goals: Professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor

Talent: Lyrical Dance (Let it Go, by James Bay)

Alyssa Hochstetler


City: Middlebury

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: MBA with majors in Marketing and Studio Art

Talent: Piano Performance (Piano Fantasy, by William Joseph)

Samina Abdullah


City: Bettendorf

College Preference: Undecided

Career Goals: Physician, biomedical engineer, computer scientist

Talent: Contemporary Dance Solo (Indestructible, by )

Hope Edmonds


City: Leavenworth

College Preference: Texas Christian University

Career Goals: Doctor of Medicine/Radiologist

Talent: Jazz/Acro Dance 

Amy Wang


City: Lexington

College Preference: Harvard University

Career Goals: Neuroscience or Business Management

Talent: Piano (Grande Polonaise Brillante Op.22, by Frederic Chopin)

Caleb Dowden


City: Slidell

College Preference: Florida State University

Career Goals: Dance/Physical Therapy

Talent: Dance (Second Breath, Out of Breath, by Ezio Bosso)

Theo Dean-Slobod


City: South Portland

College Preference: Liberal arts college - strong Engineering program

Career Goals: Engineering, Acoustics

Talent: Classical Violin (Gigue from Partita Number 3., by Bach)

Amanda Ellis


City: Baltimore

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Dance (Lost Song, by Olafur Arnalds)

Helen Huang


City: Franklin

College Preference:

Career Goals:

Talent: Piano (Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, S. 161, No. 5 , by Franz Liszt)

Alexus Warchock


City: Jackson

College Preference: University of Michigan

Career Goals: Biomedical engineer

Talent: Dance (Dark Horse, by Postmodern Jukebox remix )

Abigail Hansen


City: Owatonna

College Preference: A Music Conservatory

Career Goals: Harp Performance

Talent: Harp Solo (Great Day, by N. Gustavson)

Neha Arora


City: Madison

College Preference: Vanderbilt University

Career Goals: Physician

Talent: Indian Classical Bollywood Fusion Dance (Dhoom Taana, by Vishal-Shekhar )

Maggie Whyte


City: Helena

College Preference: The Juilliard School

Career Goals: Professional Ballerina, then a medical position

Talent: Ballet (On Feathered Wing, by Cindy Free)

Haley Bonge


City: Omaha

College Preference: University of Alabama

Career Goals: Performer

Talent: Vocal Performance (Don't Forget Me, by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman)

Juliet Favero


City: Carson City

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Communications

Talent: Singing (Run To Me, by Juliet Favero)

Katrina Wilson

New Hampshire

City: Rindge

College Preference: Simmons College

Career Goals: Physical Therapist, DPT

Talent: Lyrical Dance (No Day But Today from Rent, by Idina Menzel)

Fascia Barclay

New Jersey

City: Ewing

College Preference: Temple University

Career Goals: Neurologist

Talent: Singing and Playing Piano  (Diamonds, by Rihanna )

Misa Tran

New Mexico

City: Alamogordo

College Preference: New Mexico State University

Career Goals: Athletic Training and Physical Therapy

Talent: Jazz-Pop Dance  (Michael Jackson, by )

Alexa Brooks

New York

City: Whitehall

College Preference: Dartmouth College

Career Goals: Orthopedic Surgeon

Talent: Vocal Performance (Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen)

Darian Buck

North Carolina

City: Raleigh

College Preference: University of Chapel Hill

Career Goals: OB/GYN

Talent: Dance  (Self Written Poem, by Self Choreographed)

Madison Baumgartner

North Dakota

City: Bismarck

College Preference: University of Minnesota-twin cities

Career Goals: Veterinarian

Talent: Flute Solo  (Crystallize, by Lyndsey Stirling )

McKenzie McGrath


City: New Albany

College Preference: Ohio State University

Career Goals: Accounting and Finance

Talent: Lyrical Dance (If I Had My Way, by Linda Eder)

Ana Atiles


City: Stillwater

College Preference: University of Virginia

Career Goals: Maternal and Child Health nurse (Labor & Delivery

Talent: Dance (Diablo Rojo, by Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero)

Eva Busch


City: Milwaukie

College Preference: University of Nevada Las Vegas

Career Goals: Surgeon, Performer with Cirque Du Soliel

Talent: Aerial Acrobatics (Cheap Thrills, by Sia)

Maxine Malvar


City: New Wilmington

College Preference: Northwestern

Career Goals: Lawyer

Talent: Vocal Presentation ("Think of Me" From Phantom of the Opera, by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Tiffany Brooks

Rhode Island

City: Bristol

College Preference:

Career Goals: Neuroscientist

Talent: Vocal Performance  (On My Own, by Claude-Michel Schonberg)

Jessica Fields

South Carolina

City: Lexington

College Preference: Furman University

Career Goals: Missionary work (English teacher)

Talent: Violin Solo (Crystallize, by Lindsey Stirling)

Madison Lukomski

South Dakota

City: Sioux Falls

College Preference: Northwestern University

Career Goals: Political Science or Theatre

Talent: Original Poetry (Poem, by Me)

Halla Maynard


City: Cleveland

College Preference: Emory University

Career Goals: Attorney/Federal Congresswoman

Talent: Singing and Playing Guitar (Crazy For You, by Adele)

Peyton Wood


City: Houston

College Preference: Baylor University

Career Goals: Broadway Performer

Talent: Vocal (They Just Keep Moving the Line, by SMASH/Megan Hilty)

Caitlin Parkinson


City: North Salt Lake

College Preference: Brigham Young University

Career Goals: Pulmonology or Genetics Physician

Talent: Harp Solo (Baroque Flamenco, by Deborah Henson-Conant)

Mara Senecal-Albrecht


City: South Burlington

College Preference: University of Michigan, NYU, or Barnard College

Career Goals: Professional Dancer, Neuroscientist, or Historian

Talent: Dance (Contemporary Dance Piece to "Song for Viola by Peter Bradley, by Madelaine Mitchell-Ward)

Katie Liu


City: Yorktown

College Preference: University of Virginia

Career Goals: Computer Programmer

Talent: Piano (Chopin Scherzo in B-flat minor, by )

Kendyl Druffel


City: Colton

College Preference: Oregon State University

Career Goals: Business

Talent: Tap Dance 

Haley Geiger

West Virginia

City: Ridgeley

College Preference: West Virginia University

Career Goals: Marketing Manager

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

Evelyn Kraklow


City: Waukesha

College Preference: Stetson University

Career Goals: Business Administration and Marketing

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

Taelor Nielsen


City: Worland

College Preference: University of Wyoming

Career Goals: Middle Eastern Affairs & Homelessness Eradication

Talent: Recitation (Poetry, by Blythe Baird)

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