Justin Thomasson, a 16-year-old student at Pine Bluff High School, finished second in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Talent Hunt and was awarded $750.


Thomasson, the Tau Phi Chapter winner, received an all-expense paid trip to Houston, Texas, where the Omega Psi Phi Ninth District Talent Hunt was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Eleven contestants representing Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas demonstrated their talent.


An artist, Thomasson also has a 3.7 grade point average.


“Justin’s passion for art began at age 3 and he has won various state and local competitions,” according to a news release. “Justin loves all art forms, but feels that his specialty is in visual and realism art. He displayed four art pieces. His winning art piece was of movie actor, Patrick Stewart.”


The talent hunt program is one of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s National Programs. The first talent hunt was held April 19, 1946.


“The program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young high school students,” according to the release.


James Horton is the talent hunt coordinator for Tau Phi Chapter. Jeff Pullam is the president of the Tau Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi.