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Heights Youngster Opens for American Idol Star

Alycia Prisco, 15, of Hasbrouck Heights, will open for Kellie Pickler of American Idol fame, at the NJPAC Concert for Kids this month.

Hasbrouck Heights' Alycia Prisco is on her way to becoming a successful singer.

The 15-year-old from Hasbouck Heights has been selected to open for country music sweetheart and former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler at the 10th annual Concert for Kids at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Nov. 14. 

Alycia, a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi, showcased her talent during the Boys & Girls Club Talent Expo last month at the Union County Performing Arts Center, when she performed a rendition of Christina Aguilera’s song “Hurt"  which convinced organizers to include her as the opening act for Pickler. 

Alycia has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for the past 10 years, where she has performed in multiple talent shows hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey, as well as many local sporting events in her community.

She has been singing and performing since she was three years old. Her parents recall one specific performance when she sang for the sales clerks in a store at that age. The clerks were so impressed by her performance that they allowed her to choose a poster. She picked one with kittens, which she loved, but for her parents it was the message on the poster she chose that they remembered. It said, “God hears even the smallest voice.” 

With practice and sheer determination Alycia’s voice has developed, and she is on her way to achieving her goal of becoming a successful singer like her favorite artist Katy Perry.

Alycia credits the Boys and Girls Club for helping her to become more outgoing, and teaching her the importance of respecting others. Some of her favorite pastimes at the club are working in the computer room, playing with other kids in the gymnasium and singing at various events.

When asked what she would like others to know about the Boys and Girls Club, she said, “It’s a great place to make friends and come together with everyone, like a big family.”

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