By Kurt Walker
There was talent on display in the Fox Music House on Dorchester Road as several students participated in the 2020 Talent Hunt Competition hosted by the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Semontae Grant, a student at James Island Charter School, earned first place with her rendition of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands,” a spiritual arranged by Margaret Bonds. Other students who participated in the competition were Jabari Carter of Burke High School, Maria Alexander of Charleston County School of the Arts, and Petton Fishburne of James Island Charter School.
All of the students received monetary awards and certificates of participation for their efforts. The Talent Hunt Competition is one of several mandated programs of the fraternity. The program is designed to allow high school students the opportunity to express their creative talents and discipline in the musical arts.
Grant will compete March 21, 2020 at the North Charleston Marriott in the Sixth District semi-final competition where she will be against students representing the various chapters from North and South Carolina. Eduard Weathers, Talent Hunt committee chairman, said “let’s recognize the parents and guardians of these students, and of course the music instructors as this night would have not been possible without you” as he thanked the supporters of the students that were in attendance.
The winner of the semi-final competition will compete at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Mighty Sixth District that will be held in April.