|Applicants from over
70 schools in 2013!
Season 11, 2017 The finale is pending on June 24, 2017 at Reynolds High, alma mater to
producer Dennis Gleason who graduated from there as Columbia High in 1989 prior to a
consolidated name change. Of note, direct descendant to Gene Autry, Jackson Autry is in the
competition this season, looking to try to be only the 2nd boy to win the contest since its
inception. 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 ED.
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 will be cut in 2017
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 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 nonprofit.
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 and students.
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 Production ownership
About Teen Idol's History (photos below)
|PTI Finalist Madison Shanley made top 88 in Amer. Idol in 2012
PTI Winner Jordan Thompson made Nashville Star top 25!
Our program develops stars!
Click the Year you want to see pictures of each student*
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S11 2017 PENDING Finale on 6/24/17
S10 2016 Winner: Tyleah Young
S9 2015 English: Breana Eubanks
Spanish: Emily Lara
Russian: Jessica Vasilenko
Standup: Sean Oulashin
S8 2014 Winner: Chloe Voehler
S7 2013 English: Emily Brady
Spanish: Daniel Nouynai-Herrera
S6 2012 English: Hailey Kilgore
Spanish: Shani Plunkett-de la Cruz
Standup: Max Van Bureau
S5 2011 Winner: Haley Ward
S4 2010 Winner: Jeyonna Barr
S3 2009 Winner: Gabriella Quintero
S2 2008 Winner: Jeff Quigley
S1 2007 Winner: Charlie Danger
* Note that not all finalists from when the city of
Portland ran the program are available