The top talented high school performers from the District of Columbia will be showcased in the second annual DC-CAPital Stars Talent Competition on March 8.

The event, backed by the D.C. College Access Program (DC-CAP), features talented, college-bound youths displaying their artistic abilities.

Voting for the top performers began on the DC-CAP website on Jan. 25. From there, the top 44 auditions were posted in which the public chose their favorites in instrumental, vocal, and dance categories. Combining tallies from online and input from the panel of judges, the top 10 finalists will be chosen for the performance on March 8 in the Eisenhower Theatre at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

“We are amazed at the spectacular talent that came out to audition this year, and we think it may even be better than last,” said Argelia Rodriguez, president and CEO, DC-CAP, in a statement. “And since the demand for tickets was so high last year, we’ve moved the competition to a bigger theatre so the public can attend and see just how talented these students are and how determined they are to go to college.”

The audience, in addition to the panel of celebrity judges, will choose the winners of the scholarships that will be arranged for the students’ first year of college. Eric Lewis, master pianist and Debbie Allen, Actress, Director, Producer and Choreographer are set to return to the judges’ panel, following their participation last year.

Following the event, DC-CAP will host its annual gala dinner dance.

All District public and charter high school students were eligible to audition, in which the finalists were chosen by a local panel of dancers, vocalists, musicians and educators from the area.

Tickets are now available for purchase at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts box office.

DC-CAP is a non-profit organization that strives to enroll public high school and charter students in college and ensure graduation. Through continuous work, DC-CAP has assisted in doubling the number of students enrolling in college and tripling the number of graduates.