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KHS Students Chosen as SemiFinalists in Local Talent Competition

Kirkwood High School students Thaddaeus Morgan, Lucy Schene, and Nate Vaughan have been chosen as Semi-Finalists in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. KHS Senior Thaddaeus Morgan is competing as a solo drummer. In 2019 and again in 2020, he and his brother Emmanuel Morgan made it to the semi-finals together playing the piano and drums in their band, Consecrated.

KHS Sophomore Lucy Schene is competing as a solo vocalist.

KHS Senior Nate Vaughan is competing as frontman and guitarist with his band, Guilty Pleasures, along with four students from other schools. Thaddaeus, Lucy and Nate have all been involved in KHS choir and drama programs. We are very proud of all of them!

The St. Louis Teen Talent Competition is open to students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 during the 2020-2021 academic year. High School students must attend or live in the St. Louis Metropolitan area (a 50-mile radius of the Gateway Arch in all directions). In the spirit of fostering the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community, the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is proud to underwrite and produce an adjudicated competition showcasing the talented teens of the St. Louis region. Students are competing for college scholarships, cash awards, prizes, and public appearance opportunities. Students may compete in a talent category of their choice.  

Examples of talent categories include, but are not limited to: * Singer * Actor * Musician * Dancer * Band * Comedian * Magician * Specialty Act, etc.

Fifty high school acts will move on to the Semi-final round of the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation's (FoxPACF) 11th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition on Sunday, February 28, 2021. These acts will vie to be finalists and compete onstage at The Fabulous Fox Theatre for $50,000 in scholarships and prizes. For the 11th year of the competition, the preliminary and semi-final rounds are conducted by video submissions and judging and feedback to contestants is completed on a virtual platform. This year 123 acts submitted recorded performances, representing 77 bi-state high schools and homeschoolers. Contestants receive feedback and insight from panels of arts professionals to encourage, inspire and improve these high school students' craft. "Performance art is more important than ever and our next generation of artists are ready to launch their careers when our stages reopen," stated the Foundation's Executive Director Judy Cullen.

Kirkwood High School students have won first place in the competition the last three years. In 2020, KHS Class of 2021 Senior Dembari Taneh took home first place and an $8,000 scholarship. Joanna Serenko, (KHS class of 2019 ) won first place in the 2019 competition and went on to compete on The Voice. In 2018 Nicaya Wiley won for solo dance.