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Tate Russell and Haley Hanson to compete in Starquest 2014 Finals

EAU CLAIRE – Tate Russell, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Colfax Middle School, and Haley Hanson, a 16-year-old junior at Boyceville High School, will compete in the finals of the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s eleventh annual Starquest competition on Saturday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m., at The Oxford, 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire.  Russell is the son of Steve and Kobi Shaw of Colfax, and Haley is the daughter of Warren and Amy Hanson of Downing.

Inspired by the popular TV show “American Idol,” the event is a vocal competition for youth ages 18 and under.  Forty-two area youth entered this year’s contest and competed in the preliminary round on Saturday, November 8.  The competition, sponsored in part by I Heart Media Eau Claire and Century 21:  Mary Rufledt, 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 13 and Under category and eleven in the 14-18 group were chosen to compete at the Starquest 2014 finals on December 6.  At the event, a new panel of judges will determine a winner and runner-up in each category.

Miss Wisconsin 2014 Raeanna Johnson will emcee Starquest 2014.  Last year’s Starquest winners, Rachel Hershman, a 17-year-old senior at North High School, and 14-year-old Greta Kernkamp, a Memorial High School freshman, are also scheduled to perform.

The following performers will compete in Starquest 2014.

Finalists in the 14-18 Year Old Category:

  • Marlee Anderson, age 14, freshman at Memorial High School
  • Lianna Belling, age 17, junior at Regis High School
  • Trey Fenske, age 16, sophomore at Wildlands Charter School
  • Cassie Guse, age 17, freshman at Wildlands Charter School
  • Haley Hanson, age 16, junior at Boyceville High School
  • Anthony Henderson, age 16, Winona Senior High School junior
  • Isabel Lane, age 16, junior at Augusta High School
  • Carly Larson, age 16, junior at Rice Lake High School
  • Grace Pichler, age 14, Home Schooled freshman
  • Aliana Sigala, age 16, junior at Barron High School
  • Emylee Strubel, age 15, sophomore at North High School


Finalists in the 13 and Under Category:

  • Brooke Boie, age 13, 8th grader at Thorp Middle School
  • Ava Brenner, age 5, Kindergartener at Caddie Woodlawn Elementary
  • Ellie Brenner, age 10, 5th grader at Arkansaw Middle School
  • Madison Etzel, age 13, 8th grader at DeLong Middle School
  • Allison O’Neill, age 12, 7th grader at Regis Middle School
  • Sophia Pinno, age 12, 8th grader at Bloomer Middle School
  • Tate Russell, age 13, 8th grader at Colfax Middle School
  • Chelsea Schaf, age 11, 6th grader at Regis Middle School
  • Harkeen Singh, age 13, 6th grader at South Middle School
  • Madilynn Strubel, age 10, 4th grader at Locust Lane Elementary


Reserved seating tickets for Starquest 2014 are now on sale and may be ordered online at or by calling ECCT at 715-839-8877.  Tickets will also be available at the door.