HAGERSTOWN - At 3 years old, Lawren Hill would end little performances for friends and family by demanding applause.
At least, the 18-year-old said, that's what her mother claims.
This fall, Hill will try to win her spot in the limelight of "American Idol."
As the winner of the Washington County Teen Idol contest Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre, Hill will enjoy an all expenses-paid trip to tryouts in New York in November.
"It's always been my passion since I was about like 3," said Hill, who spoke by phone late Sunday after a performance with the Shepherd University Masterworks Chorale.
Hill said she fell in love with classical music at her grandfather's house, where she first heard a recording of the opera, "Carmen." She also had an early introduction to "The Phantom of the Opera."