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Searching for Talent

Local chapter of national fraternity searches for talent among high school students in the region.

Local members of Omega Psi Phi, a nationally recognized historically black fraternity founded at Howard University, are looking for local talent.

That's just what they found during Feb. 16 auditions in a lecture hall at Herndon High School.

HHS security and Omega Psi Phi member Everett Corbin was joined by fraternity brother Larry Miller and wife Carolyn Corbin, HHS college partnership coordinator, during the auditions at the school.

The group was on-hand to audition area high school students looking to compete in the formal 2006 Talent Hunt Program. Students who passed the auditions will perform again on stage in the school's auditorium on Friday, Feb. 24,

This is the second year HHS has had the talent show, Miller said, explaining it formerly took place at Oakton High School. The purpose of the event is to showcase local talent, while also providing financial assistance to students. The winner of this year's event will receive $600 cash, while second place will receive $300 and third place will receive $150.

The award money has doubled since last year, and so has the talent, said Carolyn Corbin. Last year, only four students came out to perform. This year in the first hour auditions were open, seven young women signed up to perform. Two of the young women, Mary Beach and Jamie Brim, were returning winners from last year. The winner of the show will go on to compete at the fraternity's district talent hunt competition in Virginia Beach. The winner of that event will compete at the national competition.