Medford's Rising Star


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2008 Grand Finale—Great Evening of Fun And Entertainment
The Chevalier Theater provided a fabulous venue for nearly 800 attendees 27 contestants, local guest stars and celebrity judges at the first Medford's Rising Star Grand finale. Hank Morse of WROR was the evening's host (assisted by Anthony Raymond Massa). Special guest stars included Domenic Camarra and the Board (Al Everton, Richard Laskey, Warren Ramirez and Hubert Hanlon), Medford's Rising Star Senior and Junior Choruses, and Amy-Jayne McCabe. Celebrity judges included WROR's Loren and Wally. The evening's proceeds were donated to the Buddy Coholon Memory Loss Center.

Winners
There were three prizes awarded in each category, and the following winners were announced at the end of the event:

Group I: 6-12 years

  • 1st - Danielle Quinlan & Victoria DiPrizio 12 dance
  • 2nd - Catherine Doyle 12 vocal
  • 3rd - Yachelle Cornet 11 vocal

Group II: 13-17 years

  • 1st - Christine Deasy 17 vocal/guitar
  • 2nd - Yavanni Headen 13 vocal
  • 3rd - Katelyn DiBenedetto 15 vocal

Group III: 18 years and older

  • 1st - Michael Davis vocal
  • 2nd - Michael Maloney vocal/piano
  • 3rd - Don Walker juggling

Finalists (see pictures)
Auditions were held at Medford High School on September 27, 2008. The response was amazing, and the amount of local talent was overwhelming. We'd like to thank all who auditioned—the judges certainly had to make some tough decisions. Congratulations to the following finalists:

Group I: 6-12 years

  • Kevin Aliberti 11 guitar
  • Nicole Avella 12 vocal
  • Erica Budina 12 piano
  • Frank Cervone 9 vocal
  • Yachelle Cornet 11 vocal
  • Arianna DiSisto 11 vocal
  • Colleen Michelle Dooling 6 vocal
  • Catherine Doyle 12 vocal
  • Jacqueline Luongo 12 vocal
  • Megan MacGilvray 7 dance
  • Margaret Petrella 12 vocal
  • Danielle Quinlan & Victoria DiPrizio 12 dance
  • Emily Serra 10 dance

    Alternates:

    Talia Andreottola 11 vocal
    Shannon Brown 9 dance
    Mikayla Coyne & Nina Forcilatti 11 vocal

Group II: 13-17 years

  • 24 Hours 15-17 band
  • Daniel Begin 14 vocal
  • Kaleigh Bradley 15 vocal
  • Christine Deasy 17 vocal/guitar
  • Nicole DeSantis 17 vocal
  • Tess Diaco 17 vocal
  • Katelyn DiBenedetto 15 vocal
  • Shannon Froysa 13 vocal
  • Yavanni Headen 13 vocal
  • Laurel McGoff 13 vocal
  • Kyla Middleton 13 vocal

    Alternate:
    Clarisse Coughlin

Group III: 18 years and older

  • Michael Davis vocal
  • Michael Maloney vocal/piano
  • Don Walker juggling

 
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