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  Friday, March 6, 2015
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ParkARTS Finds Talent
By Rick Winterson
     The weather finally broke, and a much cooler sun set on Moakley Field.  The occasion was Boston’s Teen Voice Talent Search held in concert on Thursday evening, August 3. 

     A panel of five judges assembled to determine the best performances.

     The Parketts, a group sponsored by the Boston Parks Department, joined with the six contestants to sing “The Star Spangled Banner”.  After that, the Parketts sang their own original cautionary song by Lyfe Jennings called, “Think Before You Let It Go …”

     Mary Hines served as the emcee for the contestants.  There were two age groups – 12 to 14 and 15 to 17.  The judges selections in the two categories were Leisha Loan (12 to 14) and Cartice Clemmons (15 to 17).  Antonia Pollak, Boston’s Parks Commissioner, thanked the contestants and their judges.  Lynette Gittens from Berklee School of  Music then enrolled the young contestants in a mentored voice program at Berklee.

     The evening was capped off with a performance by the Holmes Band out of Worcester.  The Band is composed of lead guitar/vocalist, bass, drummer, and tenor/baritone sax.  Two of its members are local boys.

     All around, it was a great evening to be out.

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The talented teens receive

their awards.  Leisha Loan (2nd from l.) and Cartice Clemmons

(2nd from r.) won their respective age groups.  Park Commissioner Antonia Pollak and emcee Mary Hines are standing right.