Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will sponsor their annual Talent Hunt competition for Pine Bluff area high school students grades nine through 12. Contestants who are home schooled must present verification from their school district that they are enrolled as a high school student, according to a news release.


The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Robert F. Morehead Middle School, Dollarway School District, 2602 Fluker St.


The start time is 7 p.m.. Ticket price for adults is $5 and may be purchased at the door. There is no charge for students.


All presentations must be solo acts. Instrumental numbers must be memorized and in good taste, the news release said. All talent considered must be trained talent, with the possibilities of furthering their education in college.


Participation in the Talent Hunt is open for the following forms of trained art:


Music: Vocal and instrumental, classical, semi-classical, gospel and jazz, (printed music available for judges to analyze)


Interpretive Movement to Music: Ballet, modern dance and tap


Speech: Poetry, orations, and monologues, (printed script is required for judges to analyze)


Art: Visual, sculpture and photography


The winner of the local Talent Hunt will compete in the State Talent Hunt Competition held February 16, 2019 at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. The top two winners in the State Talent Hunt Competition will represent the State of Arkansas in the 9th District Talent Hunt Competition held in Lafayette, Louisiana in April ,2019.


Applications, as well as a Parental Release and Consent Form, may be obtained from members of the Tau Phi Graduate Chapter or Tau Sigma Undergraduate Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. or you may call/text James Horton (870) 692-1064 for further information. Students may also obtain applications via email by submitting the request to jlabor1@yahoo.com ATTN: J Horton, Talent Hunt Chairman.


The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, January 25, 2019.


The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was founded November 17, 1911 on the campus of Howard University, Washington D.C. Omega men adhere to the Four Cardinal Principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.


Jeffrey Pulliam is president of Tau Phi Graduate Chapter.