Julia Campoli is a 21-year-old who graduated from Elkhart Christian Academy in 2012 and is now attending Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, majoring in elementary education. She will graduate from Bethel College in 2018. In high school, she was involved with the worship team, choir, track and field, and volleyball. In college, she is on the praise and worship team for chapel. She has also been serving as a worship leader for two and half years at New Creation Fellowship and sang on the praise and worship team for Bristol United Methodist Church. She loves to serve and has been on three missions trips, to Kathmandu, Nepal, the Dominican Republic and she just returned from a trip to Guatemala in July. During these trips, she helped served many people and was able to use her gifts and love for singing and piano playing in different ways. She has loved singing since before she can remember and always has a tune in her head, frequently singing at random. She took 13 years of piano lessons, performing at many recitals. Now she loves to sit at the piano, playing and singing for hours on end. She has written a few songs and performed them for different people, schools, and churches. She is so excited and blessed with this amazing opportunity to be a part of 2017’s Hoosier STAR competition. Julia is from South Bend, Indiana and works as a waitress at Granite City.
Stormi Staggers graduated from La Porte High School in 2008 and attended Morgan State University, studying biology. She has lived in La Porte, Indiana her whole life and is proud to be the daughter of James and Jayme L. Staggers, who raised her and her four brothers.
Stormi currently works at Blue Chip Casino as a Supervisor of Hotel and was the winner of Blue Chip Casino has Talent in 2016 as well as the Boyd Gaming Entertainer of the Year. “Music is the counterpart and source of my joy. Without it, life would b flat .”
Joe Stewart is a 29-year-old from La Porte who currently resides in Michigan City. Heavily involved in music while a student at La Porte High School, Joe went on to hold membership in various bands and choirs at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, until he graduated with a BA in English literature in 2010.
Joe is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Michigan City, the “Monday Musicale” music club, and works as a substitute teacher for La Porte Community Schools and as a server at Galveston Steakhouse. His free time is spent playing the piano, performing at community events and restoring his century-old Michigan City home.
Laura Whidden grew up in a home where her momma was a music teacher, and her daddy was a preacher. Her mom taught her how to sing, and her daddy always invited her to sing in church. Laura’s family moved to Michiana her freshman year in high school, and even though she has lived in Colorado and Oregon, Michiana is still home. She now lives in Berrien Springs, MI with her husband and 11 yr. old daughter. Laura enjoys singing in churches and cafes sharing her music with all who will listen and has been a finalist for Michiana’s Rising Star! One of Laura’s strongest values is supporting the work of fellow artists, so she is honored to collaborate with the community as everyone affirms and furthers the work of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra.
Evan Wooding has been performing since the bright lights of the delivery room. Born in La Porte County, and an Indiana resident all his life, Evan has sung in school talent nights and vocal ensembles. He is a La Porte High School honors graduate of 2010, former Vice President of the student body and an AK Smith Vocational Honor Society Graduate. Evan has received gold level recognition multiple times in the Indiana State School Music Association competition. Dedicated to worship and praise, Evan has been worship and youth pastor for several area congregations and one of the key figures in Fellowship Fest since its beginning. Music isn’t a hobby for Evan; it’s a way of life. Evan took piano lessons from Mary Kay Barkow for eight years. Though he has made his living the past six years at Hair Fitness making La Porte County more beautiful, most recently becoming a Sexy Hair Regional Educator, music has always been a motivating source of comfort and release for Evan. Evan competed in Hoosier STAR as a seventh grader and is delighted to be singing again at the final competition on September 9. His joy could only be greater should he be dubbed your Hoosier STAR tonight.