Patricia is a senior at Dwight Morrow High School. She enjoys singing, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends. Her passion for music has been her driving force throughout her entire life. She states, “The first time I participated in Idol was one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in all of high school. I made friends and got to do what I love. I knew I had to end senior year on the same exact note.” In the future, her dreams include pursuing music and law.
Maggie is a junior at Dwight Englewood. She is a lead vocalist at the Dwight Englewood club Jazz rock. She loves to sing in her free time and loves to teach herself piano. She started singing in the 1st grade at Dwight Englewood. She has a love for jazz music and hopes to sing in a jazz club over the summer. She auditioned for Englewood Idol with her best friend, Lena, and was so excited when they both got in! Englewood Idol has been something she has always wanted to do and is super excited to be a part of it! Her favorite part about Idol is the new group of friends she has made as a result.
Genesis is a senior at Dwight Morrow High School. She has done many things in and outside of the community. In school, Genesis is a part of the school’s acapella group, Vocal Synergy. She is also this year’s section leader for colorguard in the DMHS Marching Band. She has always been active in the musical environment in Englewood, and has also been studying music at the JCC in Tenafly since her 8th grade year. “I am so grateful for my mother because she has done so much for me in order to get the education I need. More importantly, I give all the credit and thanks to God for the voice that I have. I hope you all enjoy Englewood Idol 2019 as much as I do!”
Lena is a 17-year-old senior at Dwight Englewood. She is the president and lead vocalist of the Jazz Rock Club at school, as well as the president and arranger for the school’s Acapella Club. She mainly listens and sings R&B and soul. She auditioned for Englewood Idol with her best friend, Maggie, and was so excited when they both got in! She started singing the second she could open her mouth. She’s passionate about music production, songwriting, and singing. She hopes to continue her studies in music and possibly pursue a career in music production. She loves Idol and the people she has met more than anything.
Savannah is a 16-year-old student at Dwight Morrow High School. She has had a strong passion for music for as long as she could remember. She was apart of many musical events and participated in theatre. This is Savannah’s first experience performing in front of a large group of people. When she’s not singing, Savannah runs winter and spring track for Dwight Morrow High School. Savannah participated in Idol with the hope of gaining more musical experience.
Angelica is a 16-year-old sophomore in the Biomedicine Academy. She has been singing since she was 9-years-old in the Young People’s Chorus at the Thurnauer School of Music and the JCC. She loves playing soccer for the DMHS Girl’s Soccer Team. When she graduates, she would like to pursue her dream of becoming a forensic DNA analyst. She is performing in Idol because her friends encouraged her to audition and she wanted to conquer her fears of performing.
Donna is a 15-year-old freshman at Dwight Morrow High School. She has lived in several different countries of the world, gaining experience in singing in languages such as Spanish, French, Hebrew and English. She aspires to be an actress and a singer. Her musical idol is Sia because she is not afraid to express her feelings as an artist. Donna wants to thank all the musical support she has received. She also wants to thank her family for always supporting her.
Auhjen is a 15-year-old sophomore at the Dwight Morrow High School. He has been singing for as long as he can remember and finds inspiration from Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Donny Hathaway, and Luther Vandross. His favorite genres of music are R&B, blues, and pop music. When he is not singing, he participates in the track team at school. When he grows up, he would like to be an artist. A quote he has said is, “Beyonce, I am coming for you!”
Lamyra is a 17-year-old senior at Dwight Morrow High School. She grew up singing gospel songs and got most of her musical experience through performing at church along with learning from her brothers and sisters who are also her musical inspirations. Lamyra loves singing because it is her favorite way to express herself. When she is not singing, you can find Lamyra’s nose stuck in a book or laughing like there is no tomorrow. She is excited to show the world that gospel music can be just as exciting as any other types of music. Lamyra joined Idol in memory of her sister, who did Idol when she was a student at Dwight Morrow, and because she wanted to end her senior year with a memorable experience.
D-E Dance Crew:
Haley Algrant is a 10th grader at The Dwight Englewood School, and this is her second appearance as a dancer in Englewood Idol. Haley danced in DE’s High School Musical last year and is also an actress who has appeared in The Little Mermaid and an original play called Likes. When not on stage, Haley can be found behind the scenes in the costume department. In March 2018, she played Miss Katherine Moss in DE’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Haley’s idols are Oprah and Beyonce who she considers “a given.” Her favorite actress is Reese Witherspoon who also happens to share the same first name with Haley’s dog.
Paris Cooke – Brown is a 15-year-old sophomore at the Dwight Englewood School, which she has attended since the 7th grade. This is her first time performing in Englewood Idol. A native of the Bronx, Paris never attended a dance lesson, but taught herself to dance at a young age by making the most of the culture in the community around her and by watching many “Step Up” movies. Aside from dancing, her hobbies include softball, soccer, art, music, and martial arts. She would like to thank her parents, Joni Brown and Christopher Cooke, for everything, as well as her dance partners, and Ms. Frankel.
Allison Labutin is a 14-year-old rhythmic gymnast who has been attending theDwight Englewood School since PreK 3. She has been doing gymnastics for the past 8 years and was multiple time champion of NJ state. She is also the all-round Bronze medalist in the 2015 USA National Championships and Silver medalist in clubs. Allison was also Bronze medalist for her ball routine in 2017 USA National Championships and qualified as being one of the top 40 junior gymnasts in the country.She would like to thank her mom Yana Arakelov for starting her in gymnastics and for being the most patient person ever. She would also like to thank all her coaches who stood by her and helped her to grow up to be the person that she is today.
Ehren Layne is a 17-year old senior at Dwight Englewood. He grew up with a passion for dancing and being on the stage. Ehren’s dancing abilities range widely being that he was taught many styles of hip-hop, popping, etc. He has trained alongside professionals in the dancing field who he hopes to continue dancing with when he pursues dance in college. He has participated in two Englewood Idols during his high school career and is ecstatic to be performing on the BergenPac stage on last time. Ehren intends to spark the stage with his energy and creativity.
Alannah McEvoy-Benisti is 14 years old and is in the 9th grade at the Dwight Englewood School. She has taken classes in Hip Hop, Jazz, and Ballet. She is extremely excited to be performing at Englewood Idol for the first time and thrilled to be part of the DE Dance Crew, surrounded by amazing dancers. She has already learned so much from them and is eager to learn more.
Leila Mosteika is 17 years old in the 12th grade at the Dwight Englewood School, which she has attended since 3rd grade. This is her third time dancing in Englewood Idol, and she is extremely excited to perform one last time. When she was younger, she studied Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, and Hip Hop. Leila loves being one of the presidents of the her school’s Dance Club and is very grateful for everything Mrs. Frankel has done to help her. She is also very grateful for her fellow dance partners. She would also like to thank her parents, Jolanta and Darius Mosteika, for everything, and the audience for coming and supporting!
Jessica Sonkin is a senior at the Dwight-Englewood school. This is her third time participating in Englewood Idol. Jessica has been dancing for most of her life, mainly with the Professional Arts Academy. By attending classes, competitions, and intensives, Jessica has established technique in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro, Tap, and Musical Theatre genres. Her focus on the performing arts over the years has led to jobs, volunteer opportunities, and even the chance to utilize ballet technique for an upcoming Biopic. She is thankful for the DE Dance Club and for Ms. Frankel’s support, leadership, and contribution.
Ben Zhu has been dancing for about 6 years, training seriously training for 3 of them. Since Ben discovered his passion for dance, he started an Instagram page: benjix.01, where he has been for 21/2 years. His Instagram page now only raises the level of his dancing, but also connects him to 50,000 followers. Throughout Ben’s performances at the Dwight-Englewood School, where he is a senior, in China, in South Korea, at auditions, or even simply at his own studio, he has learned that any art form is more about building and participating in community rather than about developing the skills themselves. Ben has been a regular performer at most Dwight-Englewood special programs, has performed as a soloist many times, and has competed in dance battles in NY and NJ. This year, Ben is one of the student leaders of DE Dance Crews, and this is Ben’s 4th consecutive year of participating in Englewood Idol.