815 Rising Stars winner Kristina

Golden Apple Foundation is pleased to present Kristina Puzin as the 815 Rising Star! Kristina is a freshman at Auburn High School in the CAPA program and she performed her version of “City of Stars” from the movie La La Land and received the most votes from the community.

The 815 Rising Stars talent show began with 120 submissions from local singers, dancers, magicians, bands, and more. The selection committee chose 21 acts that were highlighted in the 815 Rising Stars talent show that aired on Feb. 27, 2021. The individual performances were viewed over 8,500 times combined and were voted on by the community through donations to Golden Apple Foundation. Over the past week, Kristina accrued 3,440 votes.

Golden Apple recognizes all 21 individual performers and groups who shared their talents with the community and we have listed the top 10 acts that received the most votes. All of the top 21 vote totals can be found on their individual pages as well as their videos at goldenappleofrockford.com.


Kristina Puzin  3440
Samantha Bonzi  3383
Joslynn Labak  2150
Rockford Dance Co. 1360
Zack Percell  1130
Ben Bathje  1080
Aleyna Yaylaci  620
Clark Kelly 390
Winterland Cake Georgia Buhl, Kayleigh Ratzlaff, Elif Ozkok 382
Logan Tillmon 375 

Thank you to the 815 performers, our sponsors and the community for voting and supporting local talent and teachers through your donations totaling over $16,500. This event was created by a group of Golden Apple teachers and the funds raised will support Golden Apple programming, including teacher grants that provide resources to support teachers' and students' needs during the pandemic. Thank you to our sponsors Wendy’s, Larson & Larson Builders, Ceroni Piping, Atlas Metal Pros, Fitzgerald EquipmentRedd Insurance Group - MeemicWTVO and Fox 39


PHOTO: 815 Rising Star Kristina Puzin