UNION, NJ – Sixteen finalists made it through the Friday night auditions for the Annual Union’s Got Talent competition scheduled for Saturday, October 5.

Finalists will compete to win a $1,000 grand prize courtesy of Investors Bank.  Cash prizes will also be offered for second place, youth award, and people’s choice.

This year’s finalists are:

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Tatiyana Andrews (10th Grade, Union High School)

Lesley Fearon (Union resident)

Layla Fearon (6th Grade, Kawameeh Middle School)

Nikita McKinnon (11th Grade, Union High School)

Jessica Logan (Union High School)

Bob Kalkus (Union resident)

E. Spear Blaze (Union resident)

Tayla Thomas (Union High School)

Steven Le (Union resident)

Matthew Cunha (Kean University)

Brianna Cameron (1st Grade, Battle Hill School)

Anaiah Ansah (6th Grade, Burnet Middle School)

Matthew Hylton (4th Grade, Hannah Caldwell School)

Adrianna Gardiner (6th Grade, Kawameeh Middle School)

Khadya Sankoh (11th Grade, Union High School )

The Supremes - Brooke Hussey, Samantha Frederic & Angelyn Ansah (8th Grade, Burnet Middle School)

Union’s Got Talent is presented by the Township of Union, the Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund (DMK), the Union High School Performing Arts Company (UHSPAC), the Township of Union Cultural Arts Board, and Investors Bank.

All proceeds raised from the event benefit the UHSPAC and the DMK, two organizations that give back to the students of Union through scholarships and arts education.

The Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund was created in loving memory of Union High School class of 1999 alumni Douglas Krueger who lost his life in a tragic accident in 2004. Krueger was a staple of the Union High School Performing Arts Company, Student Council President and State Student Council Treasurer. After graduation from Wagner College, Krueger went on to become an Associate Producer for MTV in New York City.

In his memory, Krueger’s mother, Marie Krueger Canarelli, and her family have been raising money for scholarships awarded every year to students of Union High School.  Scholarships are also awarded at Wagner College and at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

“The Douglas Michael Krueger Scholarship Fund is very happy to partner once again with the UHSPAC for Union’s Got Talent,” said Krueger-Canarelli.  “We are appreciative of the community and the Township’s support that we receive. This generosity enables both organizations to provide cultural arts education to the students of Union Township.”

At the door, tickets will be sold for $10 cash or $12 with a credit card purchase. They will also be available online at www.unionsgottalent.com for $12.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting, www.unionsgottalent.com.