Youth Division 2020

The 2020 Adult Finalists

Jamileh Cornejo

Jamileh Cornejo is a sixteen-year-old that loves to sing! Her first time being on the stage was for her first-grade musical where she played a lead role. Since then, she has been drawn to performing. She is now a two-time Hoosier Star finalist. Other competitions that she has been a part of include both the State and Regional Fair. She will be hosting her very first concert this September, where she will sing numerous songs from her repertoire. Jamileh is extremely passionate about singing and hopes to continue improving. She would like to thank her incredibly supportive family, friends, and teachers.

Julia Larson

Julia Larson is a 17-year-old senior at Chesterton High School. For as long as she can remember she has been up on stage singing and performing, and it has always been her favorite thing to do. She loves performing in musicals as well. Some of the roles she has previously played was Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Grace in Annie, and many more! At Chesterton, Julia is in the top Show Choir, the Sandpipers. She also is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program, participates in advanced art classes, and is on the varsity golf team. She would like to thank her parents, friends, and voice teacher, Anne- Marie Bice for all their support. She would also like to thank Hoosier Star and the LaPorte Symphony Orchestra for putting on this event and giving her this incredible opportunity.

Lily Belle Nuest

Lily Belle Nuest is 17 years old, lives in Kouts and is currently a senior at KHS. She sang before she could talk and her love for performing has allowed her to star in several shows, including Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and Dainty June in the Footlight Player’s production of Gypsy. Outside of performing, she paints and draws, and won Best in Media and an Honorable Mention in the Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Exhibition. She is also a member of the Teen Arts Board at South Shore Arts, a participant in the Fine Arts Academic team, the KHS Student Council and the National Honor Society. In the future, Lily plans on pursuing a Fine Arts degree. She would like to thank her friends and family, her vocal coach, Sheree Gudeman, and the wonderful people at Hoosier Star for this amazing opportunity.

Raul Mejia Palma

Raul is currently going into his senior year at Laporte High School. He first started to sing when he was a freshman in the  New Prairie High School choir and he has played instruments for a lot longer. Raul plans to be in Laporte’s wind ensemble and jazz band. He also plans to play in the Laporte soccer team and is very happy and proud to be a slicer. Raul would like to thank everyone in Hoosier Star for their amazing support and kindness. He would also like to thank his close friend, Jamileh, who’s helped him grow as a musician and as a person. His performance is dedicated to his parents and his siblings because they are the ones who motivate and inspire him to be the best he can at everything he loves to do.

Grace Phillips

Grace Phillips is thrilled to be a Hoosier Star finalist this year! She is 16 years old and attends Westville High School. Grace has loved singing and music since she was 4 years old. She was in 7th grade when she performed in her first musical and has been an active member of her school’s theatre department ever since. Most recently being cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast Jr. She is also a member of her school’s advanced choir where she has competed in many ISSMA competitions, earning 2 gold ratings at state this past year. Besides singing, Grace also enjoys performing as a member of her school’s pom pom team, hanging out with friends and playing the ukulele. Grace would like to thank her choir and theatre directors for pushing her to do her best and her friends and family for always being her #1 fans.