Sunday night, New Years Eve, at the Dennison Theatre was First Night Spotlight one of the best parts of First Night in Missoula. It is a show displaying some of the most talented local high school singers and performers. This was my sixth year hosting the event that has been going for thirteen years in total. Here is a list of the performers and songs performed:

Nevaeh Norton | "Dear Daughter" orig. by Halestorm

Luna Whiting | "Rise Up" orig. by Andra Day

Caydance Wilson, Kennedy Kuhn, Bella Wright | "Won't Let you Down" orig. by Meghan Trainor

Ivy Bleich | "Girl on Fire" orig. by Alicia Keys

Erin Szalda-Petree | "Hal" orig. by Erin Szalda-Petree

Moses Yellowrobe III | "Something Just Like This" orig. by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

Emily Bateman |"Wagon Wheel" orig. by Old Crow Medicine Show

Logan Rauk, Annie Hickok | "All I Want" orig. by Kodaline

Leia Sky Behunin | "My Silver Lining" orig. by First Aid Kit

Gwen Randall | "Melancholy Astronautic Man" orig. by Allie Moss

Clara Hahn | "I Dreamed A Dream" orig. by Andrew Lloyd Weber

Kailyn Wilson | "Riptide" by orig. Vance Joy

Jack Hubbard | "It Must Be Believed" orig. by Marc Shaimon


Our judges this year was Greg Boris, Christy Lefler, and Bob Wire. They had a very difficult decision of deciding the top three acts of the night. There was also a peoples choice awards announced after the audience was allowed to vote for 10 minutes. Every act this year was so much fun and the talent level was at an all time high. The results at the end of the night were:

Peoples Choice Awards- Jack Hubbard

3rd Place- Erin Szalda-Petree

2nd Place- Logan Rauk & Annie Hickok

1st Place- Caydence Wilson, Kennedy Kuhn & Bella Wright


First Night Spotlight is put on by Arts Mssoula & UM Productions.