Student Life

McNick Graduate Finds Her Voice

While many high school graduates find themselves battling the stressors of work, school, and thoughts of the future, McNicholas graduate Alex Constable followed her uniquely pointed arrow to an audition for the hit television show, “The Voice.” Though the 18 year old has been singing for pleasure from an early age, Constable started gaining the courage to share her talents after the flow of positive feedback she received from her performance in the McNicholas Talent Show in 2013 during her senior year.

“Corey Shrader and Rita Beckman also played a huge role in my decision to do these auditions,” Constable said. “If it weren’t for those two, I would have never had the courage to start showing people my talent.”

Mrs. Ellyn Whiteash, Constable’s Photography teacher, noted Constable’s talents and creativity during her time as a student.  “During Alex’s senior year, she worked to compile a photography portfolio made up of mostly digital work,” Whiteash said. “She is a very creative individual, and will do very well in the arts.”

Two rounds of auditions took place in Chicago on Jan. 18. In the first round, Constable sang “Right to Be Wrong” by Joss Stone, the same song she sang in the 2013 McNicholas Talent Show.  In her second round of auditions, she sang Bon Iver’s version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. The first round decides who will make it to the second round to perform in front of one of the show’s producers.  If a contestant passes the second round of auditions, they will be flown to Los Angeles to sing in front of the show’s celebrity judges: Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.

Constable’s second audition in Chicago did not end the way she had hoped, but she had some words to share for those who are seeking to make a dream of theirs a reality.  “It’s not the outcome that anyone should be worried about,” Constable said.  “It’s how well you walk through the fire and it’s about taking the experience and using it as constructive criticism rather than an insult.”

Regardless of the outcome, Constable is planning on auditioning again, even if she has to do it multiple times.  She can be seen performing at The Dilly Cafe in Mariemont, where she currently works.

 

 

About Hannah Van Zant

Senior Hannah Van Zant is an Advanced Journalism student and staff reporter. In her free time you can either find her outside riding her mule, watching the DIY channel, or pretending to be good at playing guitar.

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