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Posted on: September 23, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Union’s Got Talent Finalists Chosen, will Compete on Oct. 5

Auditions were held Friday night for the Annual Union’s Got Talent after which 16 finalists have been selected to move on to the final competition on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at 7:00pm at Union High School.

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

            Finalist compete to win a $1000 grand prize courtesy of Investors Bank. Cash prizes will also be offered for second place, youth award, and people’s choice.

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

This year’s finalists are:

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 Superemes ft. Brooke Hussey, Samantha Frederic & Angelyn Ansah (8th Grade Burnet Middle School)

            All proceeds raised from the event benefit the UHSPAC and 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. In addition, 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 Marie 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.”

            Tickets can be purchased by visiting, For additional information, please follow the Township of Union on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @TwpUnionNJ.

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