Ellen DeGeneres took a shine to Kalen Allen’s YouTube recipe “critiques,” and now Kalen is shining under the bright lights of Hollywood! Kalen left Kansas City a few years ago to pursue a degree in film and theatre at Temple University in Philadelphia. Then, in late 2017, “Ellen” came calling. Kalen not only appeared on the show, but he landed a deal to create videos exclusively for www.ellentube.com and soon packed his bags for L.A.!
Now, Kalen is a regular on “Ellen,” video-critiquing much more than food and even serving as Ellen’s guest DJ this week!
Katy and her family are looking forward to a big day this spring! Katy will graduate from high school and, on May 11, will participate in the Midwest Parent Educators’ Homeschool Graduation ceremony on the campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University.
AMARI LEWIS and T’KHARA and KHATERA JONES
2014 Scholar and 2015 Scholars
The Reids also had the pleasure of watching the performances of these three talented Vincent Legacy Scholars last November in The Wiz at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. Extraordinary work, ladies!
Now a sophomore at St. Teresa’s Academy, Faith Andrews-O’Neal has recently been an awesome spokesperson for the Vincent Legacy Scholarship program. She was a special guest March 17 on KPRS-FM’s “Generation Rap,” sharing how the scholarship has allowed her to take advanced classes and grow as a dancer. Faith also discussed her experiences as a Vincent Legacy Scholar on Starlight’s new video series, “Talkin’ with Taylor.”
Watch Faith on “Talkin’ with Taylor:
Faith is definitely keeping busy. At St. Teresa’s, she is a sophomore class representative, member of drama club and a tutor in French. At Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice, she is studying ballet and pointe. She also takes Horton-style modern and ballet classes at Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey.
It’s a busy spring for Carwin at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. On Friday, March 30, he will sing in the school’s talent show. Want to come? It starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $3 each.Then, on April 5-6, Carwin will perform in Did Someone Say Murder?, a murder-mystery dinner play at Sumner. He also is auditioning for an OPUS video on bullying that will be shown at Catholic elementary schools nationwide. Break a leg, Carwin!
Let’s give a big roar for Lauren Howard! A freshman at Lee’s Summit North High School, Lauren performed in her school’s February production of Lion King, Jr. Greg and Rebecca Reid were there to cheer her on.
Lauren has had a busy 2018 so far. She recently sang a solo at a benefit concert for ReDiscover, received a 1 on her vocal solo for district choir, received a 1 on her baritone sax for district band, and will compete at the state level April 28. Lauren also plans to audition to perform the National Anthem at a Kansas City T-Bones game and will participate in Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent and the KC SuperStar competition.
Let’s give a big round of applause to Bianka Morgan and her sister, Jo Archuleta!
Bianka starred in the film Old Lady Lice, which was created by Jo. The sisters’ work will be honored March 24 with a Gold Key, the highest honor in the KC Metro Area and Greater Missouri Art Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. After the ceremony at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery, the film heads to a national competition.