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ECCT to host Starquest 2013 finals

EAU CLAIRE – Twenty area youth, including 12-year-old Tate Russell of Colfax and 15-year-old Kaylie Scalze of Downing, will compete in the finals of the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s tenth annual Starquest vocal competition on Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m., at The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire.

Inspired by the popular TV show “American Idol,” the event is a vocal competition for youth ages 18 and under.  Fifty area youth entered this year’s contest and competed in the preliminary round on Saturday, November 16.  The competition, sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio, is open to youth in two categories, ages 14-18 and ages 13 and under, and performers were judged on vocal ability, presentation, and professionalism by a panel of area music and theatre professionals.  Ten finalists in the each category were chosen to compete at the Starquest 2013 finals on December 7.  At the event, a new panel of judges will determine a winner and runner-up in each category.

Miss Wisconsin 2013 Paula Mae Kuiper will emcee Starquest 2013.  Last year’s Starquest winners, Colin Mattoon, a 17-year-old senior at Fall Creek High School, and 14-year-old Terressa Kern, a 8th grader at Elmwood Middle School, are also scheduled to perform.

The following performers will compete in Starquest 2013.

Finalists in the 14-18 Year Old Category:

• Lianna Belling, age 16, sophomore at Regis High School

• Donna Falbo, age 17, senior at Fall Creek High School

• Cassandra Guse, age 14, 8th grader at Augusta Middle School

• Rachel Hershman, age 16, junior at North High School

• Hannah Jones, age 15, freshman at Memorial High School

• Isabel Lane, age 15, sophomore at Augusta High School

• Kaylie Scalze, age 15, freshman at Glenwood City High School

• Harleen Singh, age 18, freshman at UW-Eau Claire

• Emylee Strubel, age 14, freshman at North High School

• Hannah Zehms, age 17, junior at Memorial High School

Finalists in the 13 and Under Category:

• Clara Allar, age 10, 5th grader at Meadowview Elementary

• Ellie Brenner, age 9, 4th grader at Arkansaw Elementary

• Brielle Briggs, age 12, 7th grader at Northstar Middle School

• Aisha Browman, age 11, 6th grader at Northstar Middle School

• Greta Kernkamp, age 13, 8th grader at South Middle School

• Allison O’Neill, age 11, 6th grader at Regis Middle School

• Tate Russell, age 12, 7th grader at Colfax Middle School

• Harkeen Singh, age 12, 6th grader at South Middle School

• Katie Talberg, age 13, 8th grader at Menomonie Middle School

• Aleigh Warren, age 13, 7th grader at Northstar Middle School