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Pi Iota host the Walter Beard & Otis Padgett International Talent Hunt

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

For over 70 years the brothers of Pi Iota chapter have heeded the call of our great fraternity and hosted our annual Talent Hunt competition.

The event, which is named in honor of two of our outstanding chapter members, brings together some of our communities most talented high schoolers to compete for money, prizes and a chance to represent our chapter on the next level of the competition.

This year the location was Blake High School, Their principal Valerie Newton and her staff provided us with a perfect space.

Once again this year there was an awesome showcase of young talent on display. Guest were treated to a mix of dance, instrumental and vocalist that shined a light on exactly how talented the youth of our community are.

After careful deliberation by our amazing judges the winners were...

FIRST PLACE - Andrew Diaz

Middleton H.S. 10th Grade

Andrew will receive $1000 towards his future endeavors, and will represent our chapter and community at our state Talent Hunt competition.

SECOND PLACE - Kayden Blyden

Cypress Creek H.S. 10th Grade

Kayden will receive $400 towards her future endeavors.

THIRD PLACE - Zion Morris

Blake H.S. 12th Grade

Zion will receive $200 towards his future endeavors.

The remaining contestants all received $100 towards their future endeavors.

A special thank you goes out to all those that supported our endeavor this year. Blake High School, the Parents, our Judges, our MC, the community at large and volunteers.

We also appreciate the support from Yvette Lewis (President, Hillsborough County NAACP), The Florida Sentinel and PDQ.

Finally to our Talent Hunt committee, leadership and all the brothers that participated, Job well done!

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