BY GIL E. WILLIAMS, Contributor
ST. PETERSBURG –The Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity held their annual Talent Hunt program at the Gibbs High School Monday, May 23. The purpose of the program is to provide exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts.
The evening was filled with eloquence and anticipation as the students prepared for their formal presentations. This very special event is part of a national mandated program held throughout the nation by each chapter within the fraternity.
After judging six performances in the competition, Gibbs High School preforming arts student Diamond Hyatt was announced and congratulated as the winner for her classical vocal solo rendition of Les trois Prieres (The three Players) by E. Paladilhe.
Diamond will represent Eta Rho Chapter September 30 at the fraternity’s annual State of Florida Organization Meeting. This meeting will be held in Orlando where she will get a chance to demonstrate her talent against other young people throughout the state of Florida.
The process of successfully competing at the state and district levels will allow them to qualify for a full college scholarship consideration. Diamond plans of attend St. Petersburg College and though she has not declared a major, music will definitely be a major part of her future.
“Our contestants from Pinellas County, Eta Rho Chapter have performed exceptionally well in the past and we have no reason to believe Miss Diamond Hyatt will not continue this legacy,” said Brother Tom Packer, talent hunt chairman. “I’m sure she will represent us and our community very well.”
Packer thanked the chapter Basileus, Ivan Tucker, the Talent Hunt Committee, all participates from the Pinellas County Center of the Arts and a special thanks to Dr. Cody Clark for his enduring support of this event.