A 12-year-old Cranberry Township girl won the Audience Choice Award on Sunday at the first vocal round of the .
Nicolina Marra performed Hurt, a Christina Aguilera hit, at the contest formerly known as . She is a seventh-grader at in Zelienople who enjoys musical theater, basketball and playing the piano.
spokesman Jim Roddey was the emcee for the contest at the on the St. Barnabas campus.
Marra performed with 22 acts in the first round of the fundraising competition, which continues through March 30. Based on scores from a panel of judges, Marra and 11 others in the vocal competition will move on to the semi-final competition March 18. The semi-finalists are:
- Ashlyn Beatrice, 8, New Brighton
- Cheyenne Cenk, 13, Franklin Park
- Kiersten Kelly, 16, Finley Township
- Julia Maletta, 9, Franklin Park
- Kenzie Palmer, 17, West Middlesex
- Hannah Roadway, 9, Scott Township
- Greta Schaltenbrand, 16, McCandless Township
- Delaney Schmidt, 13, McCandless Township
- Emily Smith, 15, Cranberry Township
- Shane Treloar, 10, North Fayette Township
- Tabitha White, 15, McCandless Township
There is still time to register for vocal preliminary rounds by calling 724-443-0700, ext. 5310, or by visiting www.keantheatre.com.
The talent search performances are open to the public; tickets are $10 at the door.
The 2012 Kean Quest Talent Search benefits the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which in 2011 provided nearly $5.2 million to poor and low-income residents at , Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and
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