Ascension Idol-Voice contest announces top 20 finalists _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Faith Carmouche, a student at East Ascension High School, performs 'Yours Forever' by Dara McClean during the 2014 Ascension Idol-Voice competition at the Gonzales Civic Center. She was selected by the judges to be the overall winner of the competition. This year's contest is set for March 27.

The top 20 finalists for the Ascension Fund’s Ascension Idol-Voice contest have been named.

The 20 middle and high school students will compete for the singing title March 27 during the nonprofit agency’s fifth annual fundraiser. Finalists were selected after a round of preliminary auditions.

The event raises money for teacher and school grant programs in Ascension Parish schools.

Each contestant will perform one song for the panel of local celebrity judges. Based on the judges’ scores, the top five will perform a second song and then the first-, second- and third-place winners will be announced, said Jennifer deFrances, Ascension Fund executive director.

Judges will include Charlotte Guedry, Darryl Hambrick, Jenny Heroman, Julie Jones and Mike Waguespack.

The first-place winner will receive a trip to Disney World. Second-place wins a large screen HDTV. Third-place gets an iPad Mini.

During the event, spectators will be able to cast votes for $1 in the Fan Favorite contest.

Tickets to the show are $10 for general admission or $5 for student admission and can be purchased in advance by calling deFrances at (225) 290-3322 or emailing

Finalists include:

Austin Brunner, East Ascension High School

Lauren Delhaye, St. Amant High

Courtney Fassbender, St. Amant High

Maya Fernbaugh, Prairieville Middle

Ethan Glover, Dutchtown High

Tyler Gremillion, St. Amant High

Bobbie Leigh Henderson, St. Amant High

Rachel Hurt, St. Amant High

Carleigh Keller, St. Amant High

Briana Kent, Dutchtown High

Britny Landry, St. Amant High

Ashlie McGowan, Ascension Christian School

Carley Nickens, St. Amant High

Camille Nolan, East Ascension High

Madeline Ringwald, Dutchtown High

BreAsia Robinson, East Ascension High

Ariana Robinson, Dutchtown High

Kandace Scioneaux, Galvez Middle School

Cameron Soulier, East Ascension High

Baylee Sullivan, Dutchtown Middle School

For information about The Ascension Fund and Ascension Idol-Voice, visit