Heather Beyer

Stow-Munroe Falls High School has two rising stars in its midst.


Taylor Johns and Brianna Marie Bell competed in the Ohio Idol singing competition and were named to the top list.


“One thing I will always remember is when we found out who the top ten were,” Johns said. “I was so nervous, because there was a ridiculous amount of talent at the audition, but as I heard my named called for the top ten, I couldn't have been happier to be sharing a year of performing with such talented people.”


Johns and Bell had to go through a very intense competition process that is similar to American Idol. The two Stow-Munroe Falls High School students were selected from thousands of contestants.


Johns will be a senior next year. She said she found Ohio Idol to be a real learning experience.


“I learned that you should always be yourself because if you try to be something you're not on stage, it shows, and the audience doesn't believe you,” Johns said. “Being yourself is more than enough. My dad always says you have to love yourself before anyone can love you, and I learned that to be true.”


Last Saturday night at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, the top five singers of the Ohio Idol group competed for the title and a $10,000 award. 


Bell made it into the top five group. 


Bell said that as she took the stage for her final song in the competition, she was nervous but comforted by the “pep text” her mom sent her telling her to put it all out on stage.


And she did, but unfortunately she didn’t win the title. She lost the title to her friend Abby Boland from Lakewood. 


“I could feel my heart ache,” Bell said. “ Abby and I were holding each other’s hand and looking at each other. I am sure we were both hoping that our names would be called.” 


Bell said that she was happy for her friend, but she really wanted to win. 


“It was right there at my fingertips,” Bell said. “God has something else planned for me. I gave it my all, and I left it all out on stage.” 


Bell was really hoping to win because the award money would help her finance her education at the American Dramatic Academy in New York. 


“I still plan on following my dream,” Bell said. “It’s getting back on the horse and finding the way.”


Bell graduated from Stow –Munroe Falls High School this year. She was named Miss Ohio High School this year and will be giving up her crown on Aug. 19.