Joe Mellen was much more than “The Voice of Hoosier STAR” as he brought life and energy to the stage. He was on the ground floor of this event working diligently year-round on the committee. As a community leader, volunteer firefighter and a good friend to everyone he met, Joe possessed a positive attitude, enthusiasm, dedication, encouragement, congeniality, a sense of humor, an appreciation for the arts and an industrious work ethic. In his honor the Joe Mellen Award is presented to the Youth Finalist who exemplifies the STAR qualities that Joe radiated on and off stage.
Maggie Cornett (2018 youth winner) receiving her award from Jarynn Sampson (2017 youth winner)
Rising Star 2017 Winner Jarynn Sampson