2018 Contestants

Arkansas School of Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts

Joshua Lay grew up in the Lake Hamilton School District, and moved to ASMSA when he started his junior year. When he joined choir that year, he fell in love with singing, even though he had never sang outside of the car before. Since he began exploring music, it has become an outlet, a passion, and a form of expression that, to him, is a unique and introspective journey.


Cutter Morning Star School District

Madison Bellomy


Fountain Lake School District

Kristen Brown is 17 years old and is a junior at Fountain Lake Charter High School. Her proud parents are Travis and Tena Brown. Kristen enjoys socializing with friends, hunting, fishing, playing Bluegrass and Southern Gospel Music, and riding her motorcycle. She participates in Garland County 4-H and Fountain Lake Senior Choir. She has represented Garland County 4-H at the district and state levels.


Hot Springs School District

Alexsus Nellum is a junior at Hot Springs World Class High School.   She currently is partaking in a program at  National Park College and is  receiving concurrent credit for her engineering classes.  She intends to go to the University of Arkansas when she graduates and is interested in engineering, entrepreneurship, and of course the dream of a career in the performance arts.  Her love for making others smile by singing, acting, and dancing has been a clear passion for Alexsus and she looks forward to the opportunities life will offer her.


Jessieville School District

Grace Robertson is a junior at Jessieville High School. She participates in choir, tennis, cheerleading, leadership organizations such as FBLA and Leadership Hot Springs, and youth group at Cedar Creek Church. Singing has been a passion for her since she was young and she loves inspiring others through it. She sings in a band with her sisters and grandpa, called Robertson Tradition. She has has been a member of Jessieville Choir throughout middle and high school, has qualified for All-Region several times, is a member of the Treble Makers and Victorian Carolers, and is currently Vice President of her choir. In her free time, she enjoys making art, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ben Carey is a lifetime musician and performer from Jessieville High School. He has been selected as a member of the SW All Region Choir two years in a row, qualifying for the All State Choir both times as well. Carey placed first in the “Road to Nashville” competition which allowed him to work in Nashville with professional musicians in order to record one of his personal compositions. He has placed first in three separate Jessieville High School talent shows, and plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas to pursue a career in Music Education.


Lake Hamilton School District

Anna Cole is currently a senior at Lake Hamilton High School. She plans to attend the University of Tulsa to study Chemistry and Music!


Lakeside School District

Krystyna Valdivia is a girl that has played violin for 8 years and has played in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra since she was 9. She is in 11th grade and teaches private violin lessons. She even teaches her little sister violin. This performer has been hired to play at weddings and other events with a quartet of professional players. She is also into technology and can program and build robots. Even though she plays classical music, she likes to play pop and techno music as well. She is no ordinary violinist, please welcome, the winner of the Lakeside Talent show.


Magnet Cove School District 

Madelyn McCutcheon is a senior at Magnet Cove High School. She is the Drum Major for her school's marching band, and the assistant director of the Drama Club. She also does community theatre and participates in many community events. When she graduates, she plans on attending UCA to major in English and become a teacher.


Mountain Pine School District

Clarke Elmore is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the Spa City Blues in the Schools and has been a member of the program for 3 years. Music is his passion and he has performed at festivals and events throughout Arkansas and at venues on Beale Street in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. He plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and pursue a career in music.





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