Five of St. Thomas More's talented students were among the top 20 contestants in Hamilton Teen Idol, a singing competition for Hamilton residents, aged 13-18, who don't sing professionally. Morgan Forrest, Natasha Gapuz, Michelle Hagos, Sarah Ross, and Jaclyn Stones are the five STM singers who were judged on their overall talent, technique, confidence, voice quality, musicality and presentation.
On November 20, 2012, the girls performed at the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College for the final competition and all five girls agree that being up on stage is extremely nerve-wracking. The girls each had a different strategy for picking their songs, ranging from trial and error to vocal range. Jaclyn Stones mentioned that she had to change her song at the last minute because she forgot the lyrics to the song she had originally planned to audition with.
All five girls have different motives for competing. "I love singing and I've always wanted to be a singer, so I surround myself with things to get there," Natasha Gapuz said. The whole experience seems to be very exciting and positive for the girls. Sarah Ross summed it up in three words: "great, interesting and fun."
Family and friends cheered the girls on and supported them throughout the competition. The first place prize was four hours of studio recording time, courtesy of Studio 410 Sound Productions, as well as a $75 gift card. Although none of our girls were ultimately named Hamilton Teen Idol, the STM community is very proud of them. We admire their talent, confidence and ambition. Keep singing girls!