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From left to right: Sydney Valaer (2nd), Sunday Manisto-Saari (1st), and Amanda Nicholson (3rd)

The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the winning Clark County high school vocalists who performed on the Vancouver Toyota main stage at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Ten local high school students competed for scholarships and more in the annual vocal competition.

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The Fort Vancouver National Trust has announced the finalists who will perform on the Vancouver Toyota main stage at Independence Day at Fort Vancouver presented by Bank of America. Local teens competed at auditions on May 14 at Beacock’s Music, and these ten finalists were selected to compete again on Independence Day.

  • Amethyst Ackerman, Prairie High School
  • Samara Davis, Camas High School
  • Quintin Gaither, Hudson's Bay High School
  • Sunday Manisto-Saari, Mountain View High School
  • Amanda Nicholson, Evergreen High School
  • Brittni Plummer, Union High School
  • Nicole Roller, Skyview High School
  • Hannah Toner, Mountain View High School
  • Sydney Valaer, Washougal High School
  • Shawni Van Vessem, Skyview High School

A panel of local musician judges, some of whom will perform on the Main Stage later in the evening, will select the winners. Contestants will be judged on originality, skill, poise, audience appeal and family-friendly content.

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This year we will be commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, which has become a beloved community event. This celebration of our nation’s independence is the largest such event in the city of Vancouver and has more than 30,000 attendees.

Our event features a patriotic parade, a great entertainment line-up on the main stage featuring popular regional musicians, a heritage stage, activities and games for children, and, of course, a phenomenal fireworks show.  Most importantly, this is an event that the community values as its own and helps to sustain by volunteering. As a nonprofit we are sensitive to making the event affordable for all who want to attend and, while recruiting over 300 volunteers each year is a major undertaking, it enables the Trust to make the event possible.

Over time, the celebration has evolved from a one-day party centered around a large single music performance stage, culminating with a fireworks show, to a family-focused event with an array of activities for all ages to celebrate our Nation’s Independence. We believe it has become an iconic event due to its focus on community, so come celebrate with us as we hit the half-century mark.

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