The 8th Annual First Columbia Teen Star Musical Competition

And the winner is....Rhys Kauffman!

The 8th Annual First Columbia Teen Star Musical Competition was held on Sunday, May 20th at Haas Auditorium on the campus of Bloomsburg University. The Teen Star for 2018 was Rhys Kauffman a senior from Central Columbia High School. In second place was Sarah Esslinger, a junior from Central. Third place went to Maxwell Theiss, a senior from Central. And, fourth place was awarded to Mackenzie Keiderling, a junior from Berwick Area High School. Stay tuned for photos and more from this great annual event!

The 2018 Teen Star Finalists are...

Emaley Bacher, Junior
Bloomsburg Area High School

Mikaela Brouse, Sophomore
Southern Columbia HS

Sarah Esslinger, Junior
Central Columbia High School

Isaac Glidewell, Senior
Millville High School

Joey Guzevich, Senior
Bloomsburg High School

Zachary Honabach, Junior
Southern Columbia
High School

Rhys Kauffman, Senior
Central Columbia
High School

Mackenzie Keiderling, Junior
Berwick High School

Emma Kelchner, Freshman
Central Columbia
High School

Olivia Lapos, Senior
Central Columbia
High School

Emily Lockard, Sophomore
Benton High School

Maxwell Theiss, Senior
Central Columbia
High School


Congratulations to the top 12 and to all the 45+ contestants who came out to audition. We admire your talent, your poise and your courage. You are all stars in our eyes, and we encourage you to keep on making music and try out again next year!

Teen Star Prizes

Teen Star is a terrific opportnity to showcase the talent of our local high school students and raise money to support our schools' music programs!

  • 1st place wins $2,000
  • 2nd place wins $1,000
  • 3rd place wins $750
  • 4th place wins $350
  • All other finalists will receive $100

All ticket proceeds are donated to the music departments at the finalists' high schools. To-date, First Columbia has donated more than $35,000 to support our schools' music programs. The more who come out to enjoy the show, the more we give back!

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