Over 120 videos were submitted to Golden Apple Foundation and after an arduous selection process, the 21 top performances were selected. These individuals and groups will be highlighted in the FREE VIRTUAL 815 Rising Stars talent show premiering at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 27 via a link at goldenappleofrockford.com. The community can vote for their favorite performers through donations to Golden Apple Foundation. The top act wins a trophy and $500 in cash.

Viewing and voting begins on February 27 at 6:30 through Saturday March 6.

The Top 21 Acts:

Natalie Abramat – theatrical singer with pianist Mrs. Andersen
Ben Bathje – magician with his East High School principal assisting
Aria Beert - singer and musician 
Zack Percell - magician from TnZ Magic
Samantha Bonzi - theatrical singer
Chloe Broshous – lyrical dancer
Georgia Buhl, Kayleigh Ratzlaff, Elif Ozkok – RPS District 205 students and bakers
Bronson Campell – singer and guitar player
Sophie Ellis, Grace Hunt, Ella Lakey, Emi Manaligod, Lauren Parada – Rockford Dance Co. contemporty dancers; choreographer: Morgan Carlson
Kerigen Hoffman – lyrical dancer
Clark Kelly - singer and guitar player
Joslynn Labak - lyrical dancer; choreographer Theresa Northrup
Jordan Lindvall – singer and pianist
Audrey Lou - rapper and singer
Minimal band – Gregg DeCarlo, Leanne Leonard and Zach DeCarlo
Kristina Puzin - 14 year old singer and pianist
Logan Tillmon – soulful singer from Rockford
Jennifer Walker & Ivy – dog trainer and chihuahua saved from a dumpster
Jate Worathepnuthas - harmonica player
Aleyna Yaylaci - 11 year old pianist
Max Zubic - one man band and musician

The 815 Rising Stars show has the support of our local legends during an exciting pre-show beginning at 6:30 p.m. with performances and inspiring messages from Emily Bear, Jodi Beach, Chris Brady, Harlan Jefferson, Alonzo Russell and Rockford’s poet laureate Christine Swanberg.

This event was created by a group of Golden Apple teachers and the funds raised will support Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Thank you to our sponsors Wendy’s, Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald Equipment, Redd Insurance Group - Meemic, WTVO and Fox 39

Golden Apple Foundation inspires, celebrates and supports educational excellence in our community.