Congratulations to Kellin Quinn for earning third place and to Anissa Quilling for wining a scholarship this past weekend at the St. Louis Teen Talent Showcase Competition.
Kellin’s third place win will bring him a $3,000 scholarship, which he plans to use to attend circus school after he graduates from high school.
Kellin was raised around circus acts: his brother juggles, and his mother used to perform trapeze, fire eating as well as juggling.
“I’ve been juggling those for so long, it’s just kind of second (nature) to me, muscle memory,” he told Florissant Patch before the competition. “I’ve kind of been juggling for all of my life. It’s just something that I’ve always enjoyed doing.”
Anissa, a student at McCluer North High School, won the Capes, Sokol, Goodman & Sarachan, P.C. Musical Theater scholarship worth $1,500.
Anissa earned the scholarship by singing “The Girl in 14-G,” which tells the story of a quiet introvert living above an opera singer and below a jazz singer.
“It’s a really fun song, and it’s a comedy, too, so I’m going to have fun singing it,” she told Florissant Patch. “I’m a whole new character when I perform.”
A tap dancing trio from Central VPA High School took home the grand prize, a $7,000 scholarship.