The Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition update, and the announcement of the winners

Rayquan Strickland from Central Visual & Performing Arts High School
awarded the 1st Place $8,000 prize.


13th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finals

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s annual Teen Talent Competition went down May 8th, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The competition was fierce, as this was an opportunity for high school-aged teens to show the world their skills.

Video by Lacey G Souldier

The teens who’d competed in the finals, displayed their gifts, while performing on the Fabulous Fox stage in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. The production of the show was well put together. The lights and the audio setup created a professional atmosphere for its viewers, which in turn elevated the competition. It felt like I was watching an episode of America’s Got Talent.

In addition, this was a remarkable ceremony, and a great opportunity for all those involved. This type of event wasn’t available when I was a kid. So, it’s great for the youth to have an outlet that highlights their art in the area and from all over the region representing the demographic of the communities.

The variety of acts was powerful and immaculate from the singers to pianists, drummers, dancers, etc. The teens competed for numerous scholarships and training opportunities. If you missed this event, have no fear. PBS will be broadcasting the entire competition next month on its channel.  I strongly encourage any teenagers that are interested in the arts to sign up and be a part of this annual phenomenal event for next year.


On April 8th the fourteen final acts of the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition competed live on stage at the Fabulous Fox. Students vied for $50,000 in college scholarships, cash awards and special prizes. A full list of prizes and winners along with official event information can be found on the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s  website. This year’s competition winners were revealed at the conclusion of the event.

$8,000 First place prize underwritten by Mary Strauss

Raquan Strickland
Central Visual & Performing Arts High School
Playing piano and singing his original composition Time for Change

$6,000 Second place prize underwritten by John Russell

Noah Van Ess
Lindbergh High School
Singing Out There from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

$4,000 Third place prize underwritten by Sally Johnston
Avery Payne
Orchard Farm High School
Dancing to The Mad Lovers Suite: Ground Aire V

The $1,000 cash Audience Choice Award went to Cats Jazz Collective,
a six-member group from Webster Groves High School who performed Feeling Good
Katherine Teeter, Miles Cole, Beckett Mitchell, Audrey Brenner, Zach Andrews, Evan Christman


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