Monday, April 23, 2018
Galloway Girl Takes On Idol
Galloway Local Makes It On American Idol
By Amanda Genovese
Mara Justine, a 16-year-old Galloway Township resident and High School Sophomore at Absegami High School, first auditioned for American Idol back in October. Her audition aired on national Television this Spring. She made it through Hollywood rounds which is one of the most challenging times for every contestant, then made it to top fifty and battled through the solo rounds. On Monday night, it was final judgement in which the whole world and township of Galloway was going to find out if Mara made it to Top 24, the most suspenseful moment anyone can go through. Her powerful voice has made it thus far in the competition, during solo roundsshe got a standing ovation from the judges. As final judgement approached, the Galloway teenager was awaiting to see if she made it to Top 24, as did the whole Galloway Township community. Was her standing ovation from the judges enough for her to gain a spot in the Top 24?
Mara Justine was just a typical jersey girl that did her homework and enjoyed being down the shore with her family. It was in the hands of the judges to decide on her fate of becoming a star from being just a small town girl. Sure enough, our own Galloway girl made it to the top 24 in which assures her a spot on the Idol Tour. “It would be pretty cool to see Mara go far in the competition and represent our community, if she makes it to the finals she can come back to hometowns and visit our college and that would be pretty cool.” Stockton freshman, Alaina Rush said. For being so young, her voice is very powerful and talented enough to take her to the finals. “Seeing a young girl with such an amazing voice make it to Top 24 for sure makes me feel proud to be a part of this community, she represents us well.” Stockton freshman, Alaina Rush stated. Follow Mara Justine’s journey on ABC on Sunday nights and Monday nights.