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Journey Bank Sponsors Teen Star Musical Competition

More than $5,000 in prize money will be at stake when the Journey Bank sponsors its 14th Annual Teen Star Musical Competition to be held on the campus of Bloomsburg University on May 19.

The first-place prize is $2,000. The second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers win $1,000, $750, and $350, respectively. The remaining eight finalists each receive $100.

Since its debut in 2011, hundreds of high school students from our area schools have confidently stepped up to audition for the Journey Bank Teen Star. Many talented young students come out to audition, and the judges always have the difficult task of choosing just 12 to advance to the finale.

Inspired by the hit TV show American Idol®, Journey Bank has sponsored this award-winning program to support area youth, the local schools, and the performing arts. This year’s show will journey back in time with a 70s theme, with contestants singing songs from that iconic decade. In addition, a host of 70s-themed elements will be incorporated into the finale to engage the audience and boost enthusiasm, including a fun costume contest.

Auditions will be held on Thursday, April 11, and Saturday, April 13, at the Millville Area Junior Senior High School auditorium. These are private auditions and are closed to the public. Independent judges with music and entertainment backgrounds will choose 12 finalists. These finalists will then compete before a new panel of judges and a cheering audience at the finale at Bloomsburg University’s Haas Auditorium on Sunday, May 19, at 2 p.m.

With Journey Bank’s expanded service area, the Teen Star program has also been expanded and is now open to any freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior who attends high school in Columbia, Montour, or Lycoming counties, or the Warrior Run School District. Contestants may also be high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors who permanently reside in Columbia, Montour, Lycoming County, or the Warrior Run School District but attend a school outside the county or district. Sign-ups for auditions are open until Monday, April 8. Students can register for auditions online at

“The Bank is excited to continue hosting Teen Star as its signature annual event, Lance Diehl, Journey Bank President, and CEO, told Webb Weekly. “When we debuted the first Teen Star event in 2011, we never imagined it would still be going strong after 14 years. The popularity of the program is awesome, and as long as kids keep coming out to audition, we’ll keep Teen Star going.”

Rob Glunk, Executive Chairman of Journey Bank, added, “As a community bank, we are committed to doing all we can to support our young people. Teen Star is all about lifting up our youth and giving them opportunities and rewarding experiences that will help them grow and prosper.”

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets go on sale at all Journey Bank community offices on April 22. All ticket proceeds from the show are donated to the music departments at the finalists’ schools.