WALLINGFORD – Terrence Bogan has done it again. The newly graduated senior capped off his amazing high school career in style on Monday night with yet another victory.
Following the drive-thru graduation for Sheehan seniors at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, the Bogan’s drove home to see the national singing competition sponsored by Broadway Records online. He viewed it with his family.
They made it home to see Terrence had won the competition, on the same night he also collected his Sheehan football Class S state championship ring.
“We turned on the show and it was still going on,” Bogan said. “When they announced me as the winner, my family and I all just lost it. My friends were watching and they drove to my house afterwards.”
“It means the world to me,” he added. “I didn’t expect it. Everyone had faith in me. It was a great feeling to see the amount of support that I received and I’m forever grateful for it.”
Bogan, 18, outlasted 1,600 other performers nationwide to win it all. Bogan’s Sheehan classmate and friend Emma Connors placed in the Top 15. Six shows were broadcast live on Facebook over the last two and a half months. Judges gave the contestants feedback.
In the clinching show, Bogan recorded ‘Losing My Mind’ from the show ‘Follies’. He recorded it from home two weeks ago.
“I’m a huge Stephen Sondheim fan and remember a few years ago watching the Kennedy Center Honors for Barbara Cook and Glenn Close sang it,” he said. “I fell in love with the song. I wanted to find a some more emotion and do more acting. The judges were telling us to act more. I wanted to impress them. That’s why I chose it.”
Bogan said he felt he ‘nailed it’ when he recorded it.
“I was so proud of it win or lose,” Bogan said. “I was proud of everything that I was producing. I had so many people backing me up for this. It was awesome.”
For the victory, Bogan will record a single with Broadway Records. A $1,000 check will go to the charity of his choice. He will also get vocal lessons from Matt Farnsworth.
He also will receive acting, dancing and singing lessons from Broadway World and get help with auditions from Telsey & Company.
Bogan said Sheehan choral and spring musical director Paige Sperry was successful in getting the word out to all Wallingford teachers to vote for him. Bogan has aspirations to perform on Broadway.
“It became a full town thing,” Bogan said. “I had so many friends and family asking everyone they knew to vote. Some of them I have never met before. But we were getting the vote out.”
“I was hoping he would win,” Sperry said. “When I was watching the final episode and was like, ‘He’s got to win.’ But I’m a little biased. He’s my student and I always wanted him to win. I’m so glad he did. He deserved it.”
Sperry, who started teaching in 2004, said Bogan is one of her most talented students. His ability to accept criticism and use it, sets him apart.
“He is amazing,” Sperry said. “Always striving to improve. He takes critiques very well. He will take your advice and apply it.”
Sperry said she first saw Bogan perform as an eighth grader at Moran Middle School. He played Sebastian in The Little Mermaid.
Under Sperry’s watch at Sheehan, Bogan played prominent roles in productions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Bye Bye Birdie.
He was expected to star in Catch Me If You Can as a senior, but that was canceled when state schools were closed in mid-March.
Bogan is now getting ready to start at Hartford’s Trinity College. The plan is to move on campus in late August or early September. He will major in neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. He will also play football and plans to participate in the school’s theater program.
At Sheehan, Bogan helped lead the Titans to the school’s first football state title since 1985 in the fall. He signed off as the Titans all-time leading rusher. The running back was the state’s rushing leader in 2018 and 2019 and is also a New England sprint champion on the track. Bogan said is leaning towards running track for the Bantams.
Bogan said this win gives him confidence in his singing and acting careers.
“It gave me a good boost,” Bogan said. “With everything going on, it feels awesome.”