Los Gatos High School junior won third place in Saturday's first competition at the in Los Gatos.
Cullinane participated in the American Idol-style contest along with nine other teens, including Casey Rico and Sanjana Shukla, who won first and second place, respectively.
Rico, of San Jose, is a junior at Silver Creek High School and Shukla is a junior at Saratoga High School.
Rico earned a $2,500 scholarship and a $500 prize for her school.
The other finalists included Serena Koo of Los Gatos, a junior at; Brandon Farmer of San Jose, an eighth grader at Accelerated Christian Academy, a home school program; Annie Hunt of San Jose, a freshman at Archbishop Mitty; Haley Henson of Sunnyvale, a junior at Presentation; Kalpana Chinnappan of San Jose, a junior at Leland High School.
The up-and-coming teen band Y I Yell from Los Angeles will be performing.
The finalists were among more than 50 students who participated in tryouts during semifinals held Feb. 9.