Star rises at Torii event
Sixteen service members and Family members crooned their way through stiff competition Sept. 12 during Torii MWR - Okinawa’s Operation Rising Star – one of 21 Army-wide talent auditions.
Carolina Mendez, representing the 12th Marines, took the top prize in the competition’s preliminary round at Torii Station, earning $750 and a chance to display her vocal prowess at the 2015 Army-wide finals in San Antonio, Texas this December.
Jamie Alvarez and Spc. Lee Anne Ballentine took 2nd and 3rd place respectively, while honorable mention was given to Monica Alent.
The Spirit Award, earned by the most animated spectators also went to the 12th Marines.
Operation Rising Star, now in its eleventh year, is an individual vocal competition that helps demonstrate the Army’s commitment to high-quality programs that support readiness and resilience, according to Justin Evers, Torii MWR Director.
“Now in its 11th year, Operation Rising Star is a productive platform where the Army’s best vocal performers exemplify part of what it means to be a Soldier for Life. It’s a chance for Active Duty Service Members and their Families to shoot for stardom,” said Evers.
The winner of the Army-wide competition will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to record a 3 song demo CD. The trip includes airfare, lodging, and three days of studio time at a professional recording studio and $1,000 spending cash, and the winner can take one guest.