The 2018 Youth Finalists
Maggie Cornett is 16, lives in LaPorte, and attends LaPorte High school. She has performed in many plays/musicals at the LaPorte Little Theater, including playing Kim MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mollie Ralston in Mousetrap, among others. Maggie is a violinist in the symphony orchestra at her school. She loves singing, playing her violin, and participating in theater. Maggie also enjoys being a part of short term mission trips. She was in Romania this past spring, and she is excited to return to Haiti for the second time this coming winter. Maggie would like to thank her family and her church/theater friends for their love and support. She would also like to thank her good friends, Micah and Jackson, for their great encouragement. Maggie would like to dedicate her performance to Nate Ward, her role model and the president of her fan club.
Afyah is an eight grade homeschooler who lives in La Porte. She cannot remember a time she wasn’t singing. Singing is like breathing to her. She enjoys listening to and singing theater, gospel and country music. She also enjoys playing the violin, writing stories and illustrating them and is teaching herself to play the mandolin. She hopes to animate a movie one day.She enjoys writing songs and singing with her siblings. She plays violin at church and sings at different church activities. Afyah will like to thank God for the gift of singing, her family and friends for their support and push to make her better and Hoosier Star for this opportunity to sing with an orchestra.
Joseph is a seventh grade homeschooler who lives in La Porte. According to him, singing makes him happy and grounded. He enjoys singing with his siblings as it strengthens their bond. He also likes martial arts, off road bike riding and Legos. Joseph likes playing the piano and enjoys voice lessons and this year has participated in several competitions including Monday Musicale and Indiana Federation of Music Clubs. Joseph will like to thank God for his ability to sing, his family and friends for encouraging him, his voice teacher for coaching him and Hoosier Star for this opportunity.
Jacob Griffin is 15 years old, lives in Michigan City and is a freshman at Westville High School. He has had a love for music for as long as he can remember. Among the instruments he plays are the bass, guitar and drums, however his instrument of choice is the keyboard. Jacob has appeared in 2 musicals with Westville Theater. He most recently played the lead role of Willy Wonka. He also has performed at several local open mics including Paul Henry’s Acoustical Jam in Hammond and Footlight Theatre in Michigan City. His music has been influenced by bands such as The Beatles, Greta Van Fleet, Green Day and most significantly, Styx. Jacob is honored to have been chosen as one of the finalists for Hoosier Star and he would like to thank everyone who has supported him and his passion for music and performing.
Molly Lenig is currently a 15 year old freshman at New Prairie High School. Music is a huge factor in her life. Molly loves to sing anytime and anywhere. She is in her school’s top women’s show choir, Sing Sensation. Molly has performed in many musicals and plays including; Willy Wonka (Mrs. Bucket), Alice in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat), Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Alice Wendleken), and Annie (Grace Farrell). She has competed in ISSMA solo completions and received gold medals. Aside from singing, Molly is in Student Senate, plays volleyball, and is in diving at her high school. She would like to thank her fellow show choir members and director for all their support, her amazing voice teacher, Deanne Turim for tremendously helping her grow as a singer, and her family for always showing her love and support. Molly would also like to thank Hoosier STAR for giving her this incredible opportunity!