American 1 Teen Idol Shines Again

JACKSON, Mich. – On Friday, July 27th ten very talented teens took center stage at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Grandstands at American 1 Teen Idol presented by American 1 Credit union.  American 1 Teen Idol is a youth singing competition where seventy-four teens auditioned and ten teens from nine area cities were selected to perform in the final show.

The top ten teens were as follows:  Jason Cross (Parma), Megan Stark (Grass Lake), Shannon Watts (Jackson), Alaina Kerr (Michigan Center), DeQuan Perry Jr. (Battle Creek), Emily Zender (Battle Creek), Jade Kuzak (Plymouth), Kenneth Willingham (Horton), Marissa Zonts (Jackson) and Allyson McNeil (Onondaga).  These ten teens ranged in age from 13-19 years old.

Jason Cross, Shannon Watts, Emily Zender, Jade Kuzak, and Marissa Zonts made it into the second round.  Jade Kuzak took first place winning $1,000, an iPad, a prize pack, and a trophy.  Shannon Watts took second winning $250, a prize pack and a trophy.  Marissa Zonts took third place winning $150, a prize pack and a trophy.  The rest of the ten contestants won $50, a prize pack and a trophy.

The three judges were Chip Mezo of Stage Door Studios, Dr. Charles Livesay of Spring Arbor University, and Evan Pinsonnault of Channel 6.  The judges had a great time at the event, but all agreed that the decisions were very tough as all the teens were very talented.

This event is also a fundraiser where each teen in the top ten is required to raise a minimum of $250 and to declare a charity of choice.  $2,000 is automatically donated to the Jackson School of the Arts, and the rest of the money is donated to the overall winner’s charity of choice.  This year, the teens raised more money than ever before totaling $3,628!  Jade’s charity of choice was About Face Charity, so $1,628 was donated to this great cause in Jade’s honor.

Today American 1 Credit Union provides low-cost financial services to more than 50,000 members and several hundred partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit for more information.

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