Student hopes to take her talent on the road

Nogodoa smiles for a photo at her audition in front of the sign. Photo from AShley Nogoda.

By Stacy Knoderer

Ashley Nogoda, a freshman elementary education major, has been singing for as long as she can remember. Due to her love for singing, her audition for America’s Got Talent on Jan. 25 was no surprise to many.

Nogoda is a part of Orpheus choir on campus and sings on the worship team at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene. She has been singing in choir since elementary school, and sang for her district’s Impact team in high school. Nogoda’s experience with singing was mostly through church and school until her audition for America’s Got Talent.

Nogoda’s decision to try out was balanced out with her desire to follow God’s will.

“I wanted to try out for a while.I felt like God was calling me to do something outside my comfort zone,” Nogoda said.

In order to audition she had to fill out paperwork online beforehand. Once the paperwork was completed, she just had to show up.

Nogoda auditioned in Indianapolis. Due to weather conditions the drive took longer than expected. She was traveling with her parents when their car got stuck in a snow bank. Her father had to push them out. Despite the delay, they still made it to the audition with plenty of time to spare.

Before going in to see the producers for her audition, she had to wait in three different lines. Once she got through the three lines, she was sent to the waiting room. Her and her family arrived around 3 p.m. She wasn’t able to audition until 9 p.m.

Nogoda’s experience with the producers was positive and she felt they were very sweet.

Nogoda auditioned with “Roy- als” by Lorde. When asked why she chose this song, she explained that everything Lorde sings is in her vocal range.

She won’t find out if she made it to the television round for another two to three weeks. It is during the television round that she will meet the judges. Her audition in January was only with the producers of the show.

Nogoda was impressed by all the talent in the room. When speaking of her experience, she had nothing but positive things to say and is excited to see what the future holds.

“It was really great to meet so many different people, with so many different talents,” Nogoda said. “I feel really blessed to have this talent, and I want to use it to glorify the Lord.”


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