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Meet the 2018  finalists!

Jacobo Barriga

Recently graduated from Staley High School, Jacobo, 18, has performed in The Wiz and Hello, Dolly! He participated in Chamber Choir, Chorale for three years, and has performed in Austrian cathedrals, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. As a senior, he participated in the Northland CAPS program, where he was introduced to business and studied potential career paths. During his free time, Jacobo enjoys playing guitar and listening to artists who inspire him including John Mayer, Dean Martin, Metallica and Bon Iver. Jacobo will attend Maple Woods Community College for two years to advance towards a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and he hopes to continue his passion for music through songwriting and singing. 


Maurissa Cunningham

Maurissa, 17, is thrilled to be a KC Superstar Finalist and is entering her last year at Center High School. She has appeared in many musicals including Gypsy, Once on this Island, Leap of Faith and more. She enjoys playing soccer, being on drumline, and performing in musicals for her school, church and other community events. Maurissa hopes her love of music will take her far, and in the future, hopes to have a career on stage and in music. Maurissa loves being a part of music, and performing makes her very happy. She will continue to sing because it’s her passion, and she wants to make others feel happy as well.


Jaeda Dickens

A junior at Weston’s West Platte High School, Jaeda participates in theatre, choir, student council, academic team, volleyball, track and Future Business Leaders of America. She treasures her KC SuperStar experience and the opportunity to be part of a community of extremely talented participants. Jaeda has sung her whole life, and to her, singing feels as natural as breathing. She loves to read, write, and hang out with family and friends. She appreciates their encouragement to always do more with her singing abilities in order to touch peoples’ hearts. Jaeda thanks her parents, aunts, friends, boyfriend, English teacher, choir director, and God for instilling in her the courage and confidence to share her passion. 


Jalen Dickerson-Sanders

A senior at Leavenworth High School. Jalen is a Thespian, a member of the school’s theatre club, and a member and secretary of her choir club. She is heavily involved in her church, and is second vice president of the youth department at the state convention she attends. Jalen’s passion is singing –and she’s been singing ever since she could talk! Jalen is thankful for the opportunity to be in KC SuperStar, and would like to thank everyone for their support.



Reagan Dreiling

Reagan, 16, sings for the adrenaline rush and the crowd’s involvement; it’s as if nothing else matters to her.  A junior at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Reagan’s love for singing has allowed her to participate in the all-girls’ show choir at STA and Starlight Theater’s Starlight Stars of Tomorrow. She is also an active member and captain of the STA Spirits Dance Team, receiving the All-American Award at the 2017 National Dance Alliance summer camp in St. Louis. Besides performing, Reagan is an honor roll student, and while she plans to attend college to pursue her dream of performance arts, she’s still considering several options. Reagan thanks her parents, little sister, friends, and rather large family for their love and support.


Bret Kibler

Combining school, music, athletics, dance lessons and a part-time job, Bret gladly accepts any challenge! He is a recent Lone Jack High School graduate where he served on student council and played football, basketball, baseball, soccer as well as being a yell leader. He also ran cross country and track, where he brought home six gold medals and broke four school records, including two of his own. He sang in Honor Choir and All National Choir, performing at the Coronado Resort at Disney. He plans to attend the University of Central Missouri this fall to major in music, and hopes to join the track team.  Bret is very grateful for the opportunity to perform at KC SuperStar and thanks his community, family, and friends for all their support. 


Emma Mathieson

A Shawnee Mission West junior, Emma loves to keep busy! Her school activities include choir, theatre, photography, video production, freshman mentoring, and National Honor Society – all while being a nationally-ranked forensic speaker. She also appears in community theatre and is working to record her first extended-play (EP) CD as a singer-songwriter. Emma is at home on stage and dreams of a career as a contemporary recording actress and/or Broadway actress. Emma thanks her parents for hauling her to and from endless rehearsals, and for always supporting her; to her grandparents’ for supporting her always; to her vocal teachers, who have guided her; and to her friends – who know and love her anyway!


Alyssa Mendoza

A 2018 graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest, Alyssa was a member of Girls’ Choir, Chambers Chorale, and National Honors Society, and sang the national anthem at many events. She is a member of the Metro KC A Cappella group that traveled to St. Louis and Chicago for competitions this spring. Alyssa participated in Jodi’s School of Voice for 10 years, performing in many voice recitals and local sporting events. She thanks her family, teachers and friends for supporting her passion for music, and has been on “Cloud Nine” since becoming a KC SuperStar finalist. Alyssa has enjoyed this opportunity to the max and made many new friendships. She’ll attend the University of Arkansas to study graphic design and music. 


Madelyn Padget

A daughter of music teachers, Madelyn, 16, was first inspired to perform by her mother’s and uncle’s musical travels across the country. At Blue Spring South High School, Madelyn, a junior, has participated in choir and drama club, and has a huge passion for musical theatre. She has performed with various metro theatre companies, and you just may recognize her from a favorite of hers, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The J’s White Theatre. Madelyn often sings The Star Spangled Banner or God Bless America at Kauffman Stadium. She would like to thank her family and best friends for being such a huge support system for her, and most importantly, God, for giving her these talents.


Devion Williams

A recent graduate of St. Michael’s High School, Devion, 18, began singing at age seven and participated throughout high school in theatre and several choirs – school, church and the Kansas City Boys Choir. As a KCBC member, he has performed throughout the U.S., including notable appearances at KC Future Stages, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the opening of the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. In 2016, Devion was selected as the lead in the musical Pippin. His goal is to become a professional musical artist, He will attend Boston’s Berklee School of Music this fall. Devion thanks his family and friends in driving him towards his goals, and is eager to make them proud at tonight’s competition.  



The Finals

Sunday, August 26 at 7 p.m. | Yardley Hall, Johnson County Community College
At least 10 finalists compete to be the next KC SuperStar

 See the Donate/Sponsor page for ticketing information. Questions? Call Felice Azorsky at 913.981.8895.

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