Genesis Cappellan is a 15-year-old sophomore who is currently attending Dwight Morrow High School. She has a lot of experience with performing at talent shows, choirs, and coffee houses. Genesis has competed in Englewood Idol last year and has sang the national anthem at many town events, school, and football games. As a child, she grew up listening to many Disney stars, which inspired her love for music. After singing for many years, Genesis wants to go to a performing arts college. As her career grows, she would like to thank her mother for making it possible to do anything she desires.
Genevieve Faunde is a fourteen-year-old freshman at Dwight Morrow High School. Upon being asked about who her idols are, Genevieve said that “Shawn Mendes is my life!” She has never performed on stage before, but hopes to do well during this year’s Englewood Idol. Genevieve doesn’t know whether she wishes to become a performer when she gets older or not, but would like to thank her friends, family, and, of course, her idol, for encouraging and motivating her.
Jakai Green is a seventeen-year-old junior who has performed in last year’s Englewood Idol, various talent shows, and church. She wants to pursue a career in singing and performing. Jakai hopes to accomplish her goals of becoming a professional singer by participating on many online competitions. Her idols are Whitney Houston and Brandy. Jakai would like to thank her family, especially her mother, and her closest friends for always supporting her. She says that she’s “gonna keep running because a winner doesn’t quit on themselves.”
Le’Keil Herring is a 17-year-old junior at Dwight Morrow High School who has never performed in the past. He looks up to singers like John Legend and Jamie Foxx. Le’Keil doesn’t want to become a singer in the future, but he puts effort into everything he does, including singing. He wants to join the Marine Corps. after graduating high school in 2018. Le’Keil’s mother always believes and supports him in anything that he does, for which he is truly grateful till this day.
Alexis Oliver is a 17-year-old junior at Academies @ Englewood in the Information Systems Academy. She has performed on stage for Diversity Day in 2016 and sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at her middle school graduation. She was inspired by DMAE teacher, Judy Aronson. As she moves forward in high school, she plans to attend Montclair State University where she hopes to major in business. Upon getting her degree, Alexis wants to go to cosmetology school and open her own salon. As an idol, she would like to thank Mrs. Aronson for forcing her to participate, Imani Ackerman for providing moral support, and her “crazy and supportive family.”
Bianca Orozco is an 18-year-old senior at Dwight Morrow High School. She has performed many times on stage such as Englewood Idol. She participated in Englewood Idol twice and before this, she sang at joe’s pub in New York City. To further her singing, she has also sung for her church and at bennet studio. Bianca is inspired by her mother, Adele, Christina Aguilera, and Joss Stone to continue her singing career. Just like these performers, she would like to become a performer. As she spends her last year at DMAE, she would like to go into music therapy and help others with music. As Bianca’s singing career grows she would like to thank her mom and brother for always supporting and loving her. Bianca says, “I love Winnie the Pooh.”
Kenya Silas is a seventeen-year-old senior at Dwight Morrow High School who aspires to one day become a performer. She has participated in Englewood Idol in 2015, performed at the Bergen PAC School of Arts, and sang at her church on multiple occasions, all to practice strengthening her voice. Some of her idols include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, and Whitney Houston, who have all inspired her to pursue her love for music. Kenya would like to thank her family for pushing her to share her talent and says to “sing on!”
Lance Talton is a 17-year-old senior in the EAGLE Program at Dwight Morrow High School. He has experience in talent shows, church choir, and Englewood Idol 2016. Lance looks up to many people, especially August Alsina, Beyoncé, and his mother and uncle. As he wishes to go to the school of Performing Arts to pursue his future career, Lance would like to thank his grandmother and uncle for wanting him to continue to pursue his dreams. Regarding music, he says, “Love hard, Live life, YOLO.”
Christopher Victor is a senior attending Dwight-Englewood. He has performed on stage multiple times, once at the Jazz Rock at Dwight and twice at BergenPAC, for V-Day and One Acts. Christopher looks up to singers Leslie Odem Jr. and Stevie Wonder. He wants to continue performing in the future, but says that he would also like to “teach minorities that don’t have the means to get mentoring.”
Stefano Castro is an 18-year-old senior at the Academies@Englewood. He has previously performed in Cabaret and says that Ed Sheeran is one of his idols. He wants to be a director, and is currently interning as the film director for the Englewood Public School District. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Ms.Meltzer, and his amazing friends for always supporting him.
Scarlett Diaz is a 16- year-old sophomore at Dwight-Englewood. She has been acting and singing professionally since she was 7, when she appeared on Sesame Street. Favorite Roles include: Young Fiona (Shrek the Musical: Broadway 1st National Tour), Mary Lennox (Secret Garden), Cassie (A Chorus Line), Patrice (13), Edwina (Dear Edwina), Lucy (13). Numerous film, TV, commercial, and Off-Broadway credits. Her idols include Beyonce and Sutton Foster. Scarlett would like to thank her parents, 3 brothers, friends, teachers, and, of course, her fellow idols for the constant love and support. Xoxo to everyone involved in Englewood Idol!