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Los Gatos High Girl Is 3rd in Teen Idol

Monte Sereno resident Dana Cullinane, a junior at Los Gatos High School, won third place in the first-ever American-Idol style contest Saturday evening.

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.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz April 03, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Congrat's Dana! That's Awesome!
Jenny Green April 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Congratulations to Dana and to all the finalists! It was a great show!

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