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'The Voice' runner-up, Addision Agen, honored by Indiana House

Addison Agen, of Fort Wayne, a 16-year-old who came in second-place on Season 13 of NBC's "The Voice" singing competition, speaks Thursday in the Indiana House where she was honored for her accomplishment. Standing left is state Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne.

Dan Carden, The Times

INDIANAPOLIS — A 16-year-old Fort Wayne girl who nearly won NBC's "The Voice" singing competition was honored Thursday by the Indiana House for her nationally renowned achievement.

Addison Agen said she could not have successfully advanced week after week on the program without the strong support of Hoosiers voting to keep her on the show.

Agen is the only contestant in 13 seasons of "The Voice" to advance from an open tryout to the finale that was broadcast live on television Dec. 27.

"A year ago I never would have guessed that I'd be here doing what I'm doing," she said. "It's been absolutely incredible."

Lawmakers got a first-hand glimpse of Agen's talent as she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open the day's legislative business.

They also approved House Concurrent Resolution 11 officially congratulating Agen on behalf of all Hoosiers.

The resolution's sponsor, state Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne, said Agen represented Indiana to the nation "tremendously well."

"This was an amazing accomplishment, she's been given such a gift from God with her voice," he said.


Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.