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United Way of Aroostook announces wild card performers for Northern Star finale

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — United Way of Aroostook has chosen three additional contestants as wild card picks, also known as “United Way Saves,” from the Northern Star regional shows to perform in the finale later this month.

On March 8-10, a total of 30 acts performed during shows in Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Houlton while 16 — four acts from each regional competition — were chosen by audience members and judges to advance to the finale.

The Northern Star committee chose Krystal Turton of Fort Kent, Sheridan Blackstone of Caribou and Colt Putnam of Mapleton as the wild card performers earlier this week. Turton was a finalist at the Fort Kent regional show while Blackstone and Putnam were contestants at the Presque Isle show.

The Save Committee looked for amazing talent, variety and community input,” said Sherry Locke, executive director of United Way of Aroostook. “All three of the wild cards really stood out for their amazing talent.  They all are very different from the other talent moving on to the Finale and were crowd favorites at their regional show.”

During the Presque Isle show, junior contestant Putnam kept the crowd entertained throughout his stand-up comedy routine titled, “Life in the Eyes of a 10-Year Old,” during which he poked fun at everything from family anecdotes to kidney stones. Blackstone, 18, performed “Open Arms” by Journey and judges praised her confidence and poise. In Fort Kent, Turton impressed folks with her rendition of “Turning Tables” by Adele.

On Sunday, March 24, the wild card picks will join the champions from all three regional shows at the Caribou Performing Arts Center. The current Northern Star Jacob Graham of Mapleton and Junior Northern Star Sadie Cairns of New Canada also will perform.

In Presque Isle, the winners included the MoonDance Tappers, Jared Blake, Mayce Kinney and singing duo Nicole Adams and Gordon Hastings. Fort Kent finalists are Jennifer Raymond, Haidyn Saucier, Jenna Lynds, and Scott Pelletier while Houlton judges and audience members chose Hannah Carter, Emma McGraw, David Dow and Hannah Boone.

“This year’s shows showcased some of the best talent that we have seen in years,” Locke said. “We are so blessed to have such amazing community support.”

Tickets for the Northern Star finale, which will begin at 2 p.m. on March 24, are now available at all locations of the County Federal Credit Union and Acadia Credit Union for $10 each. For more information, visit United Way’s website and Facebook page.


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