Division 2022 Finalists- Pictures and Bios to Come!

ADULT FINALISTS

Laurel Blankenship

Laurel is 23 and is absolutely thrilled to be competing in Hoosier Star again! She competed in the youth division in 2016 and the adult division in 2018. She has been singing since before she can remember and did her first musical at the age of 9 and hasn’t stopped since! In her free time, she loves performing in musicals, dancing, playing ukulele, performing as Elsa for parties, singing at church, and spending time with her dog. Some of her favorite shows she’s been in are RENT (Mark’s mom & others), Matilda (Mrs. Wormwood), Fun Home (Joan), and Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon). She would like to thank her sponsors, all of her past and present music teachers and mentors with a very special shout out to Aaron and Mark Albin, her boyfriend for his constant love and support, and her mother for encouraging and allowing her to follow her dreams. “To the world we dream about, and the one we live in now”

Maddy Haskell

Maddy Haskell is a local singer in Lake County, Indiana. She found her passion in performing after being selected as a 2013 finalist in the youth division for Hoosier Star for her very first competition. Since then, Maddy has competed on ABC’s Windy City Live for Chicago Idol, sang for charity banquets, performed with local bands and much more. However, last year, she and other singers were unexpectedly let go from those bands. Maddy struggled with her mental health after this and stopped singing for a year. After support from her family and friends, Maddy decided she was ready to perform again. That night she applied to audition for Hoosier Star again. She is extremely thankful to have been selected for this year’s show and hopes it will help others to start their passion again, even if they have been discouraged.

Jessica Johnson

“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”

Maria von Trapp

Since I was a little girl music has always allowed me to connect with my own emotions and express my feelings through my undeniable passion for music and lyrics. My name is Jessica Johnson. I have always sung with my full heart and completely fell in love with the emotional connection I make with others when I sing. I live in Michigan City, IN, and currently work full time in research, I am a mother of two and I enjoy performing at any opportunity given. Singing truly brings my soul joy and I could not imagine my life without a melody.

Shania Povlock

Shania Povlock is absolutely elated to be performing with the Laporte County Symphony Orchestra again this year at Hoosier Star! In 2013, Shania won the rising star award and was runner up as a youth contestant. Then again in 2016, as a duet with her friend, Geovanny Tapia. Shania has been in many plays at the Laporte Little Theater, such as, Little Shop of Horrors, 90 years in 90 minutes, Scrooge and Marley, and much more. She also performed the role of Dorothy in the 2019 performance of The Wizard of Oz at the Laporte Performing Arts Center. Shania would like to thank her family and friends for all of their love and support through her whole singing career. She would also like to thank God for giving her this gift of singing. Finally, Shania would like to thank her son, Bryson, for inspiring her to sing again.

Julia Thorn

Julia Paige Thorn is from Crown Point, IN. She went on to earn her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre with a minor in Arts Management from Indiana University Bloomington. While singing is a great passion of hers, Julia started dancing at the age of 3 with Indiana Ballet Theatre and went on to perform in numerous ballets. From there, she had the opportunity to perform in the region with Crown Point Community Theatre, Star Plaza Productions, and Memorial Opera House. Julia now works at Geisen Funeral, Cremation & Reception Centre, a job she loves where she feels like she is helping her community. She would like to thank Hoosier Star, the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, and all those involved for the opportunity to perform again. Julia would also like to thank her family, friends, co-workers, and Lucas for their constant love and support.

YOUTH FINALISTS

Lauren Eggleston

Lauren Eggleston is a junior at St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana. In addition to being a strong student with a 4.1GPA, she loves singing and her favorite genre of music is Jazz.  She is a soprano vocal student learning under the instruction of Donna M. Mitchell at the School of American Music in Three Oaks, Michigan. Lauren has participated and medaled in Indiana State School Music Association competitions the past three years, including at the state level.  Growing her love of acting and singing, she has performed in her high school theater productions.  This experience has also led to an interest in costuming and set design. Most recently, she was Ernestina in the production of Hello, Dolly.  Lauren has been invited to participate in the Pueri Cantores Choir for several years.  And she was recently chosen as the Pueri Cantores Cantor for the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese.  She has been invited to sing with Harbor Arts Music in the Park Program, and the Youthful Spirit Concert. In addition to her love of music, Lauren has a strong presence in her community; she has been a dedicated member of 4-H for nine years; a cantor at church and liturgical choir at school; member of student council and quiz bowl; and she was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. In addition to listening to music, Lauren’s hobbies include playing video games and reading.

Savannah Holley

Savannah has always loved music and knew from a young age that she would make it the center of her life. She started taking voice lessons at Roxy Music at age 10 and joined choir at school. She participated in performance opportunities through both her voice teacher and choir, including ISSMA Solo and Ensemble, All-State Choir and Monday Musicale, as well as recitals and concerts. Savannah has also played trumpet, French horn, and keyboard in the DAC Band for 7 years. She is a member at Footlight Theatre in Michigan City, where she has participated in shows and been a member of the Footnotes. When not busy with music, Savannah likes being with her 6 dogs and 2 cats and loves learning about cultures and languages from all over the world. She graduated in 2021 from Michigan City High School at the age of 16 with a 4.5 gpa and will be attending college this fall to study vocal performance.

Luke Housman

Luke Housman is a 16-year-old sophomore from Rensselaer who absolutely loves to be onstage performing. He is thrilled, honored, and thankful to have been chosen as a Hoosier Star 2022 finalist, and to be given the opportunity to perform with the LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra.  

He has been seen in numerous theatre productions across Northwest Indiana and was recently crowned the Senior Division champion of “Region’s Got Talent 2022” in Wheeler. Some of his notable performances include Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and last summer, made his debut at the LaPorte Little Theatre Club in High School Musical Onstage. 

He is a member of his high school’s show choir and has earned several gold medals at ISSMA contests, as well as a blue ribbon for his solo performance at the vocal jazz competition in February. 

He would like to thank and express appreciation to all those who have supported him over years as he pursues his dream of performing on Broadway!

Krishaa Motycka

Krishaa Motycka is a 13-year-old eighth grader at Honey Creek Middle School. Krishaa loves singing and started before she could talk. She has performed in many musicals and starred as Little Cossette in Les Misérables and Rafiki in Lion King Junior. Starting the piano at four years old, she also plays the French Horn for Honey Creek Middle School’s band and has competed in ISSMA competitions as part of Honey Creek’s band and as a soloist in piano, French Horn, and voice. She got a gold in all 3 categories. Krishaa also sings Hindi songs which is her mom’s mother tongue. Krishaa loves to accompany herself on the piano. Krishaa has many hobbies and loves all things creative.

Addison Stout

Addison Stout is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. She got her start singing praise music on stage at age 9 at The Chapel. She participated in show choir at Woodside Middle School for three years and has received three “Outstanding Female Soloist” awards at various competitions.  Addison also plays guitar, piano, and ukulele, which she has used to accompany herself in multiple stage performances. She enjoys learning music theory and is a self-proclaimed music nerd. She is looking forward to participating in praise band, choir and drama starting this fall at Concordia Lutheran High School. She is very honored and excited to perform at Hoosier Star this year!