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Meet the Semi-Finalists: Vanessa Sierra

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RAHWAY, NJ - Join the TAPinto Rahway staff as we profile the semi-finalists of Fearless Icon. The semi-finalists will be competing in the singing competition on Sunday, November 27, at the Union County Performing Arts Center Main Stage. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 732-499-8226 or online at www.ucpac.org.

Name: Vanessa Sierra

Hometown: Linden, NJ

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Current occupation: Student at David Brearley High School in Kenilworth, NJ

How you advanced: Judges Choice

Dream role if you win: I would love to play Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal or Veronica Sawyer in Heathers.

Song you sang to advance: "They Just Keep Moving the Line" from Bombshell

Why you chose it: The song really spoke to me because as actors we often get rejected and the song is all about fighting on and really seeking redemption.

Favorite role you've played to date: This is a really hard question, but probably Carrie White in Carrie.

Training: Dance for 15 years and voice lessons for two years with Whitney Bashor

Favorite critique from the judges: They didn't know I was 16 at the time and their shock at my age was really funny.

What will you do with the grand prize?: I think I would love to donate the funds to my high schools theatre department. That department has shown me everything I know and has helped me become the performer I am today. I would give them the world if I could.

Shout out Statement: Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point. I feel blessed to have such a supportive family and group of friends. Ms. Lauren Widner and Mr. Cory Pinto thank you times a million!

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