Katherine Mari "Katie" Stevens (born December 8, 1992) is an American singer from Middlebury, Connecticut who finished in eighth place on the ninth season of American Idol. Stevens grew up in Middlebury, Connecticut. Her parents are Mark Stevens and Clara Francisco. Her Portuguese grandmother, Rita Francisco, is battling Alzheimer's disease. Stevens is currently a senior at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, CT. She was named the 2009 Westbury Outstanding Teen at the Greater Watertown Scholarship Pageant. Stevens speaks fluent Portuguese.