by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: PORTLAND TEEN IDOL - Dark Wing Productions Executive Director Dennis Gleason poses with Chloe Voeller, the 2014 Portland Teen Idol winner.West Linn’s Chloe Voeller got one step closer to achieving her life’s ambition when she was named the winner of the 2014 Portland Teen Idol English competition.

“I’ve always wanted to be a singer,” Chloe Voeller said. But even with that ambition, she was surprised that she won.

Fourteen youths made the final round of the Portland Teen Idol competition, which was held at Lake Oswego High School on June 14. Each was required to sing two songs. Voeller chose to perform “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” and “Let it Be.”

“We got to have our hair and makeup done professionally, and we had two costumes for each song,” she said.

Judging the competition were Portland pianist and songwriter Michael Allen Harrison, pianist Mac Potts and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle.

“They said I sounded like Jewel,” Chloe said. The judges also gave her suggestions on how to improve her performance.

As the winner, Chloe was awarded $500. Second place went to Savannah Panah; Quantrell Bryant placed third.

Chloe is looking forward to touring with the Teen Idol family this summer and singing duets with the other new members of the touring group.

“I am really looking forward to the whole experience,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before. I didn’t think I’d even get in.”

She encourages other teens to enter the competition next year.

The Teen Idol program is an Oregon nonprofit program under the newly formed Teen Entertainment and Education Network (TEEN), a division of Dark Wing Foundation. It provides education and hands-on programming for teenage students. It includes talent competitions, leadership, confidence building, networking, talent development, interpersonal relationships and marketing, with an added focus on enriching the lives of the students.

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