CFHS Senior A Shining Star for Her Community Work


On October 7, CFHS senior Adriana Holst will be participating in the Shining Star CLE high school solo-singing competition at the Ohio Theatre on Playhouse Square.

In the meantime, she has been volunteering at Montefiore Jewish Assisted Living home, one of the places that will receive the proceeds from this event.

This is Holst’s second outing in the Shining Star competition and her second year of volunteering at Montefiore.  

Once Holst found out she had made it into the final few yet again, she was overjoyed.

“Last year, I was more excited, but I felt relieved that I had made it this far again this year,” she said. “I’m glad I have the support of my classmates and community, and I don’t want to let them down.”

As many people grow older, they may suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia.

However, music therapy at Montefiore gives its residents something to remember, and more importantly- something to live for.

After being involved in a life-threatening car crash two years ago, Holst uses her own tragedies as motivation to make a difference in the world.

“Two years ago, I participated in the musical ‘Carrie’ at the Beck Center of the Arts,” she said. “My doctors told me ‘don’t go out for the musical’, as I was still not in the best condition. However, I realized that I needed to do something to get me going again.”

Holst’s own interest in music therapy also led her to start her own non-profit, Grant a Guitar. The organization, named for her late boyfriend Grant Wilson, gives musical scholarships to those who show an appreciation for music. The organization additionally provides musical instruments to hospitals across the country.

Holst’s work has had a significant impact on the Chagrin Falls community, and many people have commended her for her efforts.

After CFHS computer science teacher Mrs. Petite saw Adriana, her student, in the news, she was amazed.

“Her participation in Shining Star and charity work through Grant a Guitar are truly inspirational to all,” she said.

Out of 400 participants that submitted, Holst was one of ten to be selected for participation in the Shining Star CLE singing competition this year. The competition gives high schoolers the chance to sing and earn a shot at a $10,000 college scholarship.

Not only is Holst hoping for the scholarship, but she has also expressed her love for competing in Shining Star.

“I am really eyeing that scholarship,” she said, “But I love the event, the venue and all of the people.”

At the competition, Holst will be singing the song “Defying Gravity” from the hit musical “Wicked”.

Holst stated she choose this song to give her a better chance at finishing on top.

“Last year, I sang ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by Etta James,” said Holst. “The audience enjoyed it in a musical way, but this year I wanted to choose a song that would be more of a crowd-pleaser.”