Pine Bluff High School Seniors Charles Harris III and Justin Thomasson represented Tau Phi Chapter and Arkansas at the 82nd Ninth District Meeting of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. recently at Lafayette, La. The district represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Harris won first place in the District Essay Contest. His essay was submitted by Tau Phi Chapter as a part of the organization’s High School Essay Contest during observance of its International Achievement Week, according to a news release.

The theme of the essay was, “How Has Social Media Impacted Today’s Youth, and What Impact Does It Have on Their Future?”

Harris was awarded a $3,000 cash prize. His essay was judged on topic development, progression, readability, grammar, spelling and punctuation. His essay will be submitted for consideration at the organization’s Leadership Conference at Atlantic City, N.J., July 9-14, 2019, according to the release.

Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harris Jr.

Justin Thomasson demonstrated his talent with 14 other high school students during the District Talent Hunt. Thomasson displayed his talent as an artist and placed third and was awarded a $500 cash prize.

Justin is the son of Felecia Rhodes.

The Essay Contest and Talent Hunt are Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s National Programs. Tau Phi Chapter sponsors the local programs as part of its chapter’s Achievement Week activities in November each year.

Both programs provide exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented high school students, according to the release.