RESTON, Va. – The Brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and the audience that attended the Chapter’s 2019 Talent Hunt were treated to stellar performances by the four contestants who competed for cash prizes.
Emma Harris, a freshman at Herndon (Va.) High School, captured the $400 first-place prize with a vocal rendition of Sara Barreilles’ Used To Be Mine. In addition to her vocal skills, Harris enjoys playing the ukulele, acting and dancing. She already has a rich theatrical background, having appeared in several productions that include The Little Mermaid as Ariel, The Lion King as Mufasa, The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy and Shrek the Musical as Gingy.
Vocalist Ricardo Avalos, a senior at Centreville (Va.) High School, claimed second place and the $200 prize with his performance of Ji Diva’s version Regresa a Mi (Un-break My Heart), written by Diane Warren. Avalos, a native of El Salvador, is a previous Talent Hunt contestant. He took home first place in 2017 and placed third last year. Avalos plans to major in Vocal Performance and Business when he enrolls in college in the fall.
Vocalist Kamil Jenkins and pianist Joel Myrick shared third place and received $100 each. Jenkins, a junior at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Va., sang Make You Feel My Love by Adele. Jenkins is a versatile musician who aspires to have a career in the performing arts. She is a nine-year violist who plays in the Sinfonia Orchestra and a two-year theatre student. Jenkins is an honor student and a member of Varsity Sideline and the varsity cheerleading squad.
Talent Hunt Committee Chair Brother Dennis Humphrey was Master of Ceremonies.