2017 Adult Winner – First Place
Since last September’s Hoosier Star competition, many wonderful things have taken place in my life! I have become an aunt to my beautiful niece, I graduated from Bethel College and accepted a 6th grade science teaching position in Mishawka, and I got engaged to my amazing boyfriend. I will get married in December, so I have been wedding planning a lot! I have continued to do the thing I love, sing! This summer, Jarynn and I sang for the LaPorte fundraiser “Will Sing 4 Shelter” for Homeward Bound. I am a part of the worship team at my church in South Bend and I am going to attend the songwriting camp, “Emerging Sound”, this summer that I won at the Hoosier Star competition. I am excited to better my writing skills and get a chance to meet many others with the same passion for music and God. I will continue to keep developing my voice and the love I have for music. I am excited to come back and sing again for Hoosier Star this September!
2017 Adult Winner – Second Place
Evan has been busy since you last saw him. You might have heard him helping promote Hoosier Star on WCOI. He loves putting his creating ideas on the table at the Hoosier Star Board Meetings. This year Evan is helping plan Turn up the lights again and he heads up the food area. He enjoys helping events run smoothly. When he’s not planning events he’s either working behind the chair at Hair Fitness as a level 4 stylists and heads up the Social Media department where he loves working with his beautiful team of ladies. Evan just got back from a Sexy Hair Company Training from New Orleans. He travels twice a year for Update Trainings. Evans hometown is La Porte but he loves traveling around our 50 states and one of his favorites places is California. Evan was born into the ministry. He is currently a Children’s Director at Lighthouse Church in on Highway 39. He also leads worship from time to time. On the weekends Evan also Pastors LaPorte over several weddings a year. Evans main love is people. So, wherever you see people in need you’ll see Evan.
Saige has had a very busy year since her participation in Hoosier Star last September! She was thrilled to be one of the guest performers at the 23rd annual Holiday at the Pops where she once again was able to perform Ava Maria with the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. Last March, Saige was chosen to participate in a nationwide PBS TV show called “Celebration of Music” hosted by Ethan Bortnick. She was selected for both the Michigan and Chicago show! Being on the show and singing in the studio was definitely a highlight for Saige this year. She has also been keeping herself busy this summer by competing in several different vocal competitions where she placed 1st each time in her age group. This July, Saige will be performing the National Anthem for the very first time at the Hometown Nite Ride in Crown Point. Finally, Saige is grateful to Hoosier Star for helping her to fulfill her dream of becoming an opera singer!
Adriene Brumbaugh, Cake Designer
Since winning the Youth Division of Hoosier Star last September, Jarynn Sampson has been busy working on her singing career. She has been auditioning and traveling around the U.S. for various opportunities. Jarynn had a wonderful time this summer performing for underprivileged youth and doing community service in Scranton, PA with Musical Mission Tour. She was also able to take a master class in NYC and see Hello Dolly and Sponge Bob on Broadway!