Season 12, 2018 was postponed due to medical and family issues after three auditions. The summer tour went on as planned with
students from other years having the opportunity to complete their contract.
Season 11, 2017 The finale is was June 24, 2017 at Reynolds High, alma mater to producer Dennis Gleason who graduated from
there as Columbia High in 1989 prior to a name change. Of note, direct descendant to Gene Autry, Jackson Autry, originally a
finalist this season, was adminstratively terminated for refusing to perform under contract. Teen Idol also became officially a 501(C)3
Nonprofit with Tax ID 82-1010873 to go with the standing Oregon Nonprofit status. A new director was brought on to replace former
Teen Idol finalist Jen Rushen who left to concentrate on her masters degree. Former Teen Idol contestant Dakota Davis' mother and
Assistant Director Krystal Davis stepped up to fill the shoes as the head of the program. Sophia Takla ended up winning with Natalie
Braley and Ramsey McNabb came in 2nd / 3rd respectfully. .
Season 10, 2016 Tyleah Young came away with the Winner title with Jade Swim and Ashlynn Samp right behind. Ashlynn being a
contestant last season and made it all the way this time. Natalie Herrada came in 4th and Ella Jackson 5th place. Budget cuts at the
City of Portland left the program hanging suddenly after enjoying 7 of the 9 promised free spaces only to find that the reorganization at
Parks meant a replacement for Teen Idol creator and champion for teen program Jeff Milkes. The new individual dropped our
program and many other nonprofit teen charities and school in lieu of a bulk payments to large nonprofits even after Teen Idol helped
pass their $67 million dollar bond in 2015. This left a big hole that cut Spanish, Standup, Russian, the Alumni competition and related
program and what should have been a break even year turned out only half of the expected budget. City also cut the promised
performances that equated the entire purpose of the program back in 2007. Budget and scope was cut in 2017 to singing only.
Season 9, 2015
Breana Eubanks from Oregon City HS came in first with Cali Mashore from Dexter McCarty MS and James Gardner from Tualatin
High coming in 2nd & 3rd respectfully. Rounding out placement, Charlotte Belle from West Sylvan Middle was 4th but later
adminstravely terminated for refusal to tour under contract and and Danielle Waltman from Stoller Middle School 5th. We added back
Russian Singing won by Jessica Vasilenko, Spanish singing won by Emily Lara and our Stand-up program won by Magician turned
comedian Sean Oulashin. Teen Idol also became an Oregon nonprofit.
Season 8, 2014
Chloe Voeller from West Linn High School won with ACMA student Savannah Panah coming in 2nd and home schooled student
Quantrell Bryant came in third. Jesse Rosario, third in Beaverton Teen Idol came in 4th and returning contestant Ashley Hayter
came in Fifth. We ended up having to cancel Spanish, Russian and Standup this season due to budget shortfalls after a major
sponsor had its funding pulled, that also pull our rug out - and several other organizations too. Teen Idol also became an Oregon
Season 7, 2013
Emily Brady - 13 year old attending Centennial Middle School was first place in the English competition with 14 year old Daniel
Nouynai-Herrera as the Spanish winner. Due to funding, a Stand-up competition was cancelled. Students from all of the state
participated this year equaling higher than in 2012 by a narrow margin with 413 as the official count between volunteers, contestants
Season 6, 2012
13 year old Happy Valley Middle School student Hailey Kilgore took first prize in our biggest English contest year to date with Shani
Plunkett-de la Cruz as the Spanish Winner. This also marks the first English centric program in Oregon to include a concentration
on a foreign language. Finally our first ever Standup Comic winner from Westview HS was Max Van Bureau (aka Alex Milshtein).
Total official count of impacted students was 397 from 73 various schools which included contestants, volunteers, students and
interns. Hailey got the opportunity to open for Jake Owen at the Oregon State Fair.
Season 5, 2011
First season of Portland Teen Idol to be owned and operated by Dennis Gleason and his company Dark Wing Productions was a
smashing success; Haley Ward from Kraxberger Middle School takes 1st place out of 298 students from 66 different schools. The
students were able to perform "God Bless the USA" in front of the Oregon House which included former Oregon House Chair's son,
Andy Hunt from Gladstone HS who came in second and Haley Jones came in 3rd. Lovey James from Brown Middle School who made
top 20 on Season 14 of American Idol came in 4th and Keeley Anderson came in 5th.
Season 4, 2010
Jeyonna Barr came in 1st and Alex Hall from 2008 top 10 came back to place 3rd. There was no other contests by the city.
Season 3, 2009
This is the first year that the teen program with the City of Portland - Teen Scene, begun running the PTI program due to natural
changes within city operations. Gabriella Quintero from Reynolds HS (formerly Columbia HS) won first place ith American Idol 11th
place finisher Aubrey Cleland came in 2nd, American Idol top 100 Madison Shanley came in 3rd with the current English Director Jen
Rushen coming in 4th This is the first year that DWP was contracted to produce videos for the Movies in the Park program, the same
program that the PTI students perform for during their summer tour.
Season 2, 2008
Cameron Quick (aka Jeff Quigley) won this year at 17 years old from Jesuit HS. He was able to open for Willie Nelson at the Oregon
State Fair. This was the last year that the Portland Parks & Recreation specifically ran the PTI program before being transferred to the
Teen Scene. Dark Wing Productions was introduced this year and produced the first televised Semi-Final and Finale program on public
access television. DWP also was able to work with the idols on their summer tour including working with Charmain Carr (Leisel from
Sound of Music) during a Movies in the Parks tour performance. Portland Trailblazer Jerome Kersey's daughter, Kiara Staleto-Kersey
placed in the top 10. It also marks the first year that DWP became a contractor for the city.
Season 1, 2007
The first ever year of the PTI program created and operated by the Portland Parks & Recreation (PPR) where 16 year old Charlie
Danger (aka Jordan Thompson) from Glencoe HS won. She later went on to be in the top 25 on the then popular national TV show
Nashville Star and opened for Hart at the Oregon State Fair. The program was created through the ideas of South Services Division
Manager Jeff Milkes and his family, wife Tammie - formerly with the City of Damascus and was the brain child of their then 11 year old
daughter Maleia that attended and graduated from Centennial High School. The students we able to go on tour singing at the Movies
in the Parks program also ran by PPR.
Pre-Dark Wing Productions ownership
About Teen Idol's History (photos below)
|Congrats to Madison Shanley and Jesse Rosario who got a
golden ticket the American Idol auditions in Aug. 2017
S10 2016 Winner: Tyleah Young
S09 2015 English: Breana Eubanks
Spanish: Emily Lara
Russian: Jessica Vasilenko
Standup: Sean Oulashin
S08 2014 Winner: Chloe Voehler
S07 2013 English: Emily Brady
Spanish: Daniel Nouynai-Herrera
S06 2012 English: Hailey Kilgore
Spanish: Shani Plunkett-de la Cruz
Standup: Max Van Bureau
S05 2011 Winner: Haley Ward
S04 2010 Winner: Jeyonna Barr
S03 2009 Winner: Gabriella Quintero
S02 2008 Winner: Jeff Quigley
S01 2007 Winner: Charlie Danger
* Note that not all finalists from when the city of
Portland ran the program are available