A local western Massachusetts teen is celebrating a big win today.
15-year-old Brynn Cartelli of Longmeadow is returning home as the season 14 winner of 'The Voice'.
Michael Smith was Cartelli's music teacher at Williams Middle School in Longmeadow.
Smith has been working with her since she was 11. Brynn’s mother, Deb Cartelli shared a video with Western Mass News of the two performing together.
"She definitely has all the attributes that you need to be a star. She's extremely talented, very driven, she has a great support system," said Smith.
He's kept in contact with the family and Brynn throughout the season and talked to her after her big win.
"She did get back to me and said she's obviously extremely excited but again she can't wait to come back home!" Smith added.
The Longmeadow High School student was actually only 14 when she was first cast on the competition show.
"I think there was no doubt she was going to go far but to see her winning it's certainly surreal and incredible," Smith continued.
It was also the first win for Kelly Clarkson, who was Brynn Cartelli’s coach who joined the show for the first time this year.
"She's certainly enjoyed the whole process beyond any of our wildest dreams," Smith noted.
Brynn will be back in her hometown celebrating very soon.
"She's got a packed week of interviews, she singing the anthem at a Dodgers game, and then mom and dad are bringing her back to Longmeadow," said Smith.
He added that Brynn plans to return to Longmeadow as soon as next week!
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