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Saturday, December 1st, 2012

The Oxford; 1814 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54703

Twenty area youth will compete in the finals of the Eau Claire Children’s Theatre’s ninth annual Starquest competition on Saturday, December 1, 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. Forty area youth entered this year’s contest and competed in the preliminary round on Saturday, November 10. The competition, sponsored in part by Clear Channel Radio and Smiles in Motion, 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 2012 finals on December 1. At the event, a new panel of judges will determine a winner and runner-up in each category.

Miss Wisconsin 2012 Kate Gordon will emcee Starquest 2012. Last year’s Starquest winners, Matt Lace, a 17-year-old senior at Memorial High School, and 12-year-old Grace Pichler, a 7th grader who is home schooled, are also scheduled to perform.

The following performers will compete in Starquest 2012.

Finalists in the 14-18 Year Old Category:

Ali Abraham, age 16, junior at North High School
Lianna Belling, age 15, freshman at Regis High School
Donna Falbo, age 16, junior at Fall Creek High School
Elizabeth Gilleland, age 17, senior at Fall Creek High School
Zoe Hopkins-Hile, age 18, UW-River Falls freshman
Jesse Jakel, age 16, Abbotsford High School sophomore
Hannah Jones, age 14, 8th grader at South Middle School
Alida Markgraf, age 16, junior at Memorial High School
Colin Mattoon, age 16, junior at Fall Creek High School
Harleen Singh, age 17, senior at Memorial High School
Finalists in the 13 and Under Category:

Cassie Guse, age 13, 7th grader at Augusta Middle School
Michaela Haig, age 10, 5th grader at Meadowview Elementary
Faith Hopkins, age 10, 5th grader at Meadowview Elementary
Terressa Kern, age 13, 7th grader at Elmwood Middle School
Greta Kernkamp, age 12, 7th grader at South Middle School
Sophia Pinno, age 10, 6th grader at Bloomer Middle School
Tate Russell, age 11, 6th grader at Colfax Elementary
Elijah Schuh, age 13, 8th grader at Spencer Jr. High School
Harkeen Singh, age 10, 5th grader at Robbins Elementary
Katie Talberg, age 12, 7th grader at Menomonie Middle School
Reserved seating tickets for Starquest 2012 are now on sale. Tickets are $8 for youth/students and $12 for adults/seniors and may be ordered online at or by calling ECCT at 715-839-8877. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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