Got Talent announces show finalists, 15 from Lee’s Summit R-7 School District

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Got Talent, a premier talent competition for Kansas City youth, has announced the finalists who will compete for the $5,000 grand prize scholarship. Fifteen of the finalists are students from the Lee’s Summit School District, whose performances range from vocal and dance to instrumentals and theater short acts.

The show will be held at 7 p.m. June 10 at the Lee’s Summit High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at, at both Lee’s Summit Hy-Vees and the Lakewood and Raintree Cosentino’s Price Choppers.

Performers will be joined on stage by three select guest judges who will ultimately determine the Season 7 winner of the $5,000 scholarship. Returning as guest judge for the seventh year in a row, Lee’s Summit graduate Matt Lewis is best known for his uncanny re-creations of Elvis Presley. He is also the executive producer of SimonWill Entertainment in Las Vegas.  Lauren Braton, another Lee’s Summit High School graduate, is an accomplished vocalist and actress seen on nearly every stage in Kansas City.  Debuting this year is Got Talent guest judge Coleen Dieker, a talented instrumentalist and graduate of Lee’s Summit North High School, and current music director at Congregation B’nai Jehudah.

Audience participation is a fun component of this night, with audience members choosing the winner of the $500 Crowd Pleaser Award via live text voting. While the judges tally their votes, audience members will also participate in a Mr. Lee’s Summit competition involving three senior boys from each public high school.

Got Talent is the major fundraiser for Lee’s Summit CARES, a nonprofit community coalition that provides programs for youth substance abuse prevention, parenting and character development.  The 30-year old nonprofit agency works to maintain a healthy and safe community for children, youth and families of the Greater Lee’s Summit area. For additional information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or call (816) 347-3298.

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