They came; they sang; they qualified. Ten vocally talented youth were selected from an open audition to advance to the Teen Star finale showcase, which takes place Saturday, February 25, 7 p.m., at the Arlington Theatre (1317 State St). Congratulations to the following competitors (listed in alphabetical order):

Ben Catch, San Marcos High School (9th grade)

Jillian Garnett, San Marcos High School (12th grade)

Daniel Geiger, Pioneer Valley High School (11th grade)

Rachel Guron, Cabrillo High School (12th grade)

Jericho Guron, Cabrillo High School (9th grade)

Nolan Montgomery, Dos Pueblos High School (10th grade)

Elizabeth Padfield, Solvang School (7th grade)

James McKernan, Bishop Diego High School (12th grade)

Nicole Trujillo, Dos Pueblos High School (11th grade)

Hunter Hawkins, Laguna Blanca (10th grade)

The alternates are Jake Gildred of Jonata Middle School (8th grade) and Neve Greenwald of La Colina Junior High School (8th grade).

The finalists will spend the next few weeks perfecting their performances with the help of this year’s celebrity mentor, Kenny Loggins. Mark your calendars, and be prepared to have your ears dazzled while voting for 2017’s Teen Star. For more information, see


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