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Elizabeth Dole Foundation to Host Grand Finale and Announce Winners of Virtual ‘Military Kids Have Talent Contest’

Elizabeth Dole Foundation to Host Grand Finale and Announce Winners of Virtual ‘Military Kids Have Talent Contest’

Winners to be announced live by Jocko Sims on October 7 and receive free Universal Studios family vacation

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2021) – Jocko Sims will announce the national winners of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation’s virtual “Military Kids Have Talent” contest during the grand finale on October 7 at 8 p.m. ET. The nation voted for the top performers among the 30 finalists, all children and survivors of military service members and veterans.  America is encouraged to watch and cheer on the winners by registering at https://bit.ly/militarykidshavetalentwinnersshow.

The winners of Military Kids Have Talent will receive a free family vacation to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., courtesy of contest sponsors Comcast NBCUniversal and American Airlines.

“Military kids, especially our nation’s hidden helpers, represent the patriotism, selflessness, and bravery that makes America so special,” said Steve Schwab, CEO of Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “Through Military Kids Have Talent, an emotional and recreational outlet for kids and their families, we’re thrilled to spotlight our country’s youngest heroes and celebrate the unique talents they have to offer.”

For interviews with one of the contestants or a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, please contact Austin Courtney at [email protected].

The full list of finalists is below:

Age 0-6  

  • Shiv K., 16 months- Biloxi, Mississippi (Spinning Objects)
  • Kenzie McMillian, 4- Salem, Ohio (Dancing)
  • Savannah Zizza-Pope, 4- Robins Air Force Base, Georgia (Singing)
  • Colton Lane Flohe, 5- Chesapeake, Virginia (Singing)
  • Leiyah Skye, 5- Hampton, Virginia (Singing)

Age 7-9 

  • Levi George, 7- Pensacola, Florida (Broadway Monologue)
  • Kalea Francheska, 7- Hampton, Virginia (Singing)
  • Aniyah Seaberry, 9- Woodbridge, Virginia (Piano)
  • Jack Kramer, 7- Liberty Lake, Washington (Dancing)
  • Alina Pham, 7- Glendora, California (Rubik’s Cube)

Age 10-11 

  • Emily Tranotti, 11- Halfmoon, New York (Piano)
  • Peyton Hernandez, 10- Kansas City, Missouri (Gymnastics)
  • Luke Eggert, 10- Killeen, Texas (Violin)
  • Jackson Gilbeau, 10- Dallas, Georgia (Guitar)
  • Lina Amigleo, 10- Alexandria, Virginia (Singing/Ukulele)

Age 12-14 

  • Nathan HiImer, 13- Yelm, Washington (Trumpet)
  • Morgan Willis, 12- Satellite Beach, Florida (Music)
  • Peyton Carson, 13- Emory, Texas (Dancing)
  • Illyria Escher, 14- Fultonville, New York (Singing)
  • Joshua Berryman, 14- Camp Humphreys, South Korea (Drums)

Age 15-18 

  • Aliyanah Rogers, 17- Gainesville, Georgia (Wrestling)
  • Palmer Moore, 15- Burke, Virginia (Cooking)
  • Alissa Chapman, 15- Chesapeake, Virginia (Singing)
  • Sonia Horta, 18- Albuquerque, New Mexico (Singing)
  • Chase Randall, 17- Valdez, Alaska (Singing)

Group Performances 

  • Zeyva and Ronin Goodman, 3 and 4- Arvada, Colorado (Biking)
  • The Catagnus Sisters, 5-6 – Eagleville, Pennsylvania (Singing/Sign Language)
  • The Tello Sisters, 6-9- Murrieta, California (Music)
  • The Anderson Family, 8-14- Orcutt, California (Taekwondo)
  • Giovanni and Givon Johnson, 8 and 10- Harrisburg, North Carolina (Singing/Dancing)

About the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Hidden Heroes

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers – the spouses, parents, family members, and friends — who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured service members and Veterans at home. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its support and advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being. The Foundation’s Hidden Heroes campaign brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and provides a network for military caregivers to connect with their peers and access carefully vetted resources. Visit www.hiddenheroes.org for more information.