“Covid, Schmovid. Hoosier Star is alive and well!”

Story by WNLP’s Beth Boardman; screenshots by WNLP’s Bob Wellinski

Did you think a global pandemic would dampen the Hoosier Star 2020 competition? If so, you were so wrong.

As one online commenter said, “Covid, Schmovid. Hoosier Star is alive and well!”

After voting online at the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra website (lcso.net), fans chose Alyse Flores as best adult performer and Julia Larson as best youth performer in the 15th annual event benefiting the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. Both winners received $1,000.

A four-member combo (Rebecca Osborn, Brad Staats, Ben Cripe and Christopher Bendix) from the LCSO conducted by Grammy nominee Alastair Willis accompanied each of the 10 vocalists, five adults and five youths, in the live-streamed event viewed by thousands on several different sites. Jeremiah Mellen served as master of ceremonies and celebrity judges were Victoria Garrett, Phil Potempa and Dewitt Jackson.

Flores, a native La Portean, sang the jazzy “Feeling Good.” “You have got a stage presence,” Celebrity Judge Potempa told her after the performance. Flores studied vocal and music education at Ball State University and has taught voice, piano, music theory and composition.
Alora Tribole’s touching delivery of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” earned runner-up honors in the Adult Division.

Alanna Mossell, Leann Stutler and Evan Wooding also performed.

Youth Division winner Julia Larson sang “Never Enough” from the film “The Greatest Showman.” Julia, 17, is a Chesterton High School senior and has performed in several musicals.
Youth runner-up Raul Mejia Palma sang the Frank Sinatra standard “My Way.”

Other Youth Division performers were Jamileh Cornejo, Lily Belle Nuest and Grace Phillips.

To watch a video of the 2020 Hoosier Star show, click on this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izV3pvM1VKM.

2021 Hoosier Star auditions will take place in March. For more information about the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra and its upcoming events, visit lcso.net.


Julia Larson, voted best youth performer


Raul Mejia Palma, second place youth performer


Alyse Flore, voted best adult performer


Alora Tribole, second place adult performer

One Response to ““Covid, Schmovid. Hoosier Star is alive and well!””

  1. Nicole Thode

    Sep 14. 2020

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay Alyse!!! Congratulations!!!!

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