Emilee Brnusak, an eighth grader at Laurelhurst Middle School, became second runner-up in the Portland Teen Idol competition this summer, and she is participating in entertainment tours with other finalists.
Finalists will appear at the Oregon State Fair in early September and at a Big Brother-Big Sister event at North Portland’s Columbia Park on September 15. The Teen Idol contest started in 2011 through Dennis Gleason and his Dark Wing Productions. A variety of businesses support the contest.
Emily Brady of Centennial Middle School was the top winner in the finale for English speakers. Nicole Leduc of Lake Oswego Middle School was in second place. The Spanish Teen Idol winner was Daniel Nyounai-Herrera of Jackson Middle School.
More than 392 students auditioned for the Portland Teen Idol. Judges were Michael Allen Harrison, Amy Roloff, Mac Pots and Natasha Neuschwander.