Well, it’s a wrap! The 2017 Columbia Teen Idol was crowned on Oct. 15 at the 15th annual Hear My Voice Teen Day’s Columbia Teen Idol competition.

Congratulations to Nicole Wildy — our 2017 Columbia Teen Idol winner! Nicole sang “Rise Up” by Audra Day.

Second place went to Andrew Vesey, who performed an original rap called “Freedom.” Third place went to Abby McDonough, who sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Abby also won the People’s Choice Award. We congratulate all of our finalists for an awesome job!

The next rounds of auditions are expected to begin in September 2018. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations.

The competition is open to Howard County performers from sixth grade through 12th grade. All Teen Idol finalists must agree to participate in a community service project organized by CA’s Youth and Teen Center.