Mountlake Terrace’s Clingan advances to Terrace Idol finals

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Mountlake Terrace's Alisha Clingan advanced to the Terrace Idol finals. (Photos by Amanda Petrowski)
Mountlake Terrace’s Alisha Clingan advanced to the Terrace Idol finals. (Photos by Amanda Petrowski)

The five finalists for Terrace Idol 2015 were selected Thursday night, setting up a battle for the area’s best high school soloist next week between two Warriors, two Royals and a Hawk.

Alisha Clingan, the sole Mountlake Terrace High School student still in the competition, will be joined in the finals by Rodney Ocefemia and Aliya Marulita of Edmonds-Woodway High School, and McKenna Sessions and Makeala Eddings of Lynnwood High School. The Terrace Idol 2015 finals are set for Thursday, Feb. 26, at Mountlake Terrace High School.

The five finalists sang music Thursday night encompassing a wide range of styles, from rock, pop, country and reggae. Clingan went old school by singing a mash-up of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Lean on Me,” accompanied by her mother on the piano.

Ocefemia played guitar and sang a rendition of “Rude,” by the Canadian reggae band Magic!, while follow E-W student Marulita performed her version of “My Immortal” by the rock/metal band Evanescence.

Sessions sang “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood to catapult herself into the Terrace Idol 2015 finals. Eddings performed Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” in Thursday’s Round Two competition.

The five finalist were chosen by a panel of three local musicians, Mary Boxley, a 2011 alum of Mountlake Terrace High School, Med Stecker-Thorsen, Voice Division Director of the Shoreline Community College Music Department, and Susan Dolacky, a former Voice Division Director of the Shoreline Community College Music Department.

The Feb. 26 finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the MTHS Theater; admission is $5.

– By Doug Petrowski

Edmonds-Woodway’s Aliya Marulita (in black dress) and Lynnwood’s Makeala Eddings (far right) congratulate each other for making the finals of Terrace Idol 2015, set for Feb. 25.
Edmonds-Woodway’s Aliya Marulita (in black dress) and Lynnwood’s Makeala Eddings (far right) congratulate each other for making the finals of Terrace Idol 2015, set for Feb. 25.

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