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Angel Stickler, 12, won Washington Elementary School's “Idol” contest and is going to compete at a national show in Las Vegas. - Bob Pennell

A dream come true

MEDFORD — A Medford girl already dubbed a superstar by classmates last month will head to Las Vegas Friday to compete with more than 150 kids and adults eager to appear on national television.

Seventh-grader Angel Stickler has been singing since she could utter the slightest of sounds, her parents said.

"For years she's been wanting to do those shows, 'America's Got Talent,' 'American Idol,' all those sorts of things," said mom Jenepher Stickler.

"Since she was just 2 years old she would just belt out these songs, like 'Little Mermaid.' When she turned 4, she started singing Jewel and stuff like that. She sings so much it's to the point where her brother and sisters will be like, 'Angel, shut up!' "

Eager to find a more willing audience, Angel found the contest herself, searching online for talent shows, her mother said.

"She e-mailed them and they did a 20-second, over-the-phone audition thing and called her back and told her she was accepted," Jenepher Stickler added.

The competition, the Un-Signed Artist World Showcase, will audition potential talents this weekend at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

A select number of contestants will go on to perform on USA Network beginning Aug. 5.

The competition, which boasts a $100,000 prize, is open to people 3 years of age and older who wish to sing, dance, perform a comic routine, model or act. Last year's winner, and several in years past, were signed with entertainment producers.

Whether she wins or not, the 12-year-old says she's merely excited to get a chance to sing on stage.

"I just thought it'd be cool to go and compete with other people and see what's out there," she said.

As a sixth-grader, Angel won a school-sponsored competition at Washington Elementary dubbed "Washington Idol."

"That's about the only thing I've ever won and it was fun," Angel said. "I've always been singing since I was little so I just want to find ways to sing more."

For the weekend competition, Angel will sing "Big Girls Don't Cry," by hip-hop singer Fergie. Already accepted for the national event before the "Washington Idol" competition, Angel was teased by her father, Tim Stickler, that she must win locally first.

"When she did the show at Washington, I told her, 'If you don't win this thing, we ain't going down there!' " Tim Stickler recalled.

"I guess we'll see what happens in Vegas."

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffypollock@juno.com.

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