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Lineup Selected for Golden Apple’s 815 Rising Star Talent Show

Talented groups and individuals from all across Boone and Winnebago counties submitted videos to Golden Apple Foundation over the past month. After intense review, a committee selected these 20 performers (in no particular order) to be in the FREE VIRTUAL 815 Rising Stars talent show premiering Friday, July 15, via a link at We are thrilled about the variety of talent and ages of the performers who range from 12 to 68 years old. The top act wins a trophy and $500. This year, thanks to our sponsors, we are also awarding the runner-up ($250) and third-place finisher ($100)! Vote for favorites with donations to Golden Apple Foundation, with as little as $1! View and vote from July 15 through noon Saturday, July 23.

A group of Golden Apple teachers created this event in 2021. Proceeds will support Golden Apple programming, including classroom grants. Thank you to sponsors Wendy’s, Associated Bank, Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, WTVO/Fox 39 and Redd Insurance Group/Meemic.

·         Olivia Coleman, singer

·         Kathryn Wolfgram, pianist

·         Johnny Silver, magician

·         Kerigen Hoffman, dancer

·         Dominic Angileri, dancer

·         Grace Easton, dancer

·         Zack Percell, magician

·         Kaila Anderson, spoken word artist

·         Akshaya Selvam and Poojaa Gnanaprakasam, dancers

·         Nate “Hollywood” McGehee, karate

·         Elena Steurer, singer and guitar player

·         Audrey Lou, musician (viola)

·         Sofia Lassandro, singer

·         Max Zubic, singer and guitar player

·         Margarita Arango, Valerie Hagedorn and Janae Gillette of Rockford Dance Company, dancers

·         Jim Grass and Lori Beach-Grass, singers and guitar player

·         Dr. Kristoffer Tumilowicz, musician (accordion)

·         Marcos Lara, comedian

·         Djack, singer

·         Adelyn Huetson, dancer