Champions, Winners & Award Recipients Of The 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest.

Nearly 3 dozen of today’s top drummers have been announced as the Champions, Winners and Award Recipients of the 2017 Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers. The players from the US, Puerto Rico, the Netherland, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, India, England, France, Germany and Cypress— and as young as 9 years old— were just a handful of the hundreds of girls and women from around the world who participated in the sixth annual competition.

Judged by leading educators, professional players and industry executives— and sponsored by the biggest names in drum manufacturing, media and retail— the winning videos along with all the entries and prizes from the recently concluded contest can be seen at

Here is the official list of 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest Winners:  
Drumset - Professional Judging <18

Champion: Faith Benson (US)

1st Runner-Up: Mira Burgers (Netherlands)

2nd Runner-Up: Yuki Ogawa (Japan)

Drumset - Popular Voting

<18 Annapurna Tobler (US)

18+ Paola Liceaga (Puerto Rico)

Concert Percussion

<18 Kalyse Conger (US)

18+ Claire Litzler (France)

Special Awards

Joe Hibbs: Sarra Cardile (US)

Sweetwater: Tangela Facen (US)

PASIC: Elisa Montin (Italy)

WGI: Anastasiya Kostromina (US)

SOR: Milana Nigro (US)

UK <18: Georgia Atkinson (UK)

UK 18+: Toni McVey (UK)

FRANCE: Laurene Lenert (France)

TDWR: Radhika George (India)

Drumset - Professional Judging 18+
Champion: Elisa Montin (Italy)

1st Runner-Up: Tangela Facen (US)

2nd Runner-Up: Lacretia Bolden (US)

World Percussion

<18 Kalonica Nicx (Indonesia)

18+ Radhika George (India)

Marching Percussion

<18 Gina Eterovich (US)

18+ Anastasiya Kostromina (US)

Weekly Winners <18

Week 1: Abbie Schnieder (US)

Week 2: Jacky Sponheimer (Germany)

Week 3: Meghan Lock (US)

Week 4: Faith Benson (US)

Week 5: Yuki Ogawa (Japan)

Week 6: Arawinda Rizky (Indonesia)

Weekly Winners 18+

Week 1: Elisa Montin (Italy)

Week 2: Cecilia Sanchietti (Italy)

Week 3: Anna Koniotou (Cypress)

Week 4: Toni McVey (UK)

Week 5: Nicole Pompei (US)

Week 6: Diana Nowak-Riffel (US)

Now in its 6th year, the Hit Like A Girl Contest has had more than 2,000 participants from 50 countries and more than 10,000,000 online impressions. Sponsors have included many of today’s leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies while judges have included some of the most popular, most important and most influential drummers on the planet. Hit Like A Girl’s 2017 co-spokesperson is Kimberly Thompson.