Aaron Kelly to judge local Teen Star competition
Sonestown's own American Idol® celebrity, Aaron Kelly, moves from center stage to the judge's table.
Aaron will be performing - and serving as a celebrity guest judge - at the 2nd Annual First Columbia Teen Star musical competition at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Haas Center on the campus of Bloomsburg University.
This is Aaron's second year judging the "Idol-like" musical competition where twelve Columbia County high school finalists compete for a $2,500 first place prize, with $1,000 and $500 going to the second and third place finishers, respectively.
First Columbia Bank & Trust Co., located in Columbia County, sponsors this event annually to promote the performing arts among the young people of the community and to support the music programs in the area schools.
This year, 37 brave and talented high school students auditioned. From this group, three audition judges selected twelve finalists. The finalists are:
1. Keeyan Zimmerman, Millville Area High School
2. Megan Wyckoff, Central Columbia High School
3. Dante Green, Bloomsburg Area High School
4. Morgan Fry, Columbia Montour Vo-Technical School
5. James Steigerwalt, Benton Area High School
6. Carlynn Wolfe, Berwick Area High School
7. Alexis Seiger, Millville Area High School
8. Leah Bergstrom, Benton Area High School
9. Lydia Young, Southern Columbia Area High School
10. Dimitrius Marinos, Benton Area High School
11. Hannah Weidner, Central Columbia High School
12. Abigail Goble, Benton Area High School
Aaron will be one of three judges. Also judging the competition will be WBRE morning news anchor, Kyla Campbell and Associate Music Professor at Bloomsburg University, Todd Campbell.
Tickets are just $5.00 and are available at any of First Columbia Bank's 13 community banking locations, or at the door on the day of the show. Tickets may also be ordered in advance by calling First Columbia Bank at (570) 387-7174. All ticket proceeds from the show will be donated to the 2012 First Columbia Teen Star finalists' high school music departments. Tickets are general admission and are first come, first serve. Doors open at 1 p.m.
First Columbia Bank President & CEO, Lance O. Diehl, says, "This musical competition provides our area youth with a unique opportunity to showcase their musical talents. It is just one way the bank shows its support for our young people, our schools, and the performing arts." Mr. Diehl added, "Last year, having Aaron Kelly as a celebrity guest judge really helped to bring out supporters. We are excited to have him back again, and we look forward to an even greater turnout this year."
Submitted by First Columbia Bank