Ten competitors battle for first place at the fourth annual Black Student Association Talent Show.
BSA hosted its fourth annual talent competition Saturday, Sept. 25 in the Main Dining Room with the theme “An Evening at the Apollo.”
This year showcased 10 competitors performing song, dance, rhyme and rap for a grand prize of $200 and a first class trophy.
First place went to Lauren Edwards, nursing science major, who performed to a song while signing. Second place was awarded to freestyle dancer Ericke Stevenson, and third was presented to Quinten Blackshire, sports science major, who also took home the People’s Choice award.
“It’s a good feeling to win,” Edwards said. “I certainly did not expect to finish first.”
Tracy McDade, criminal justice major and BSA secretary, was enthused about the variety of acts available this year. “I’m excited about the show,” McDade said. “I just hope everybody enjoys it and they keep having the show, whether it’s through the BSA alone or with RSC.”
Judges this year were Dr. Kent Lashley, vice president of student affairs; Otis “Yung-O” Lewis, music business major and recording artist; Emily Fisher, assistant coordinator of student activities; Franchesca Thomas, executive director for Miss Oklahoma Plus America; Antone Uzzle of BYA Promotions; and former producer Allen “Treyvon” Williams.
Tally judges were Monique Bruner, professor of political science, and Brandi Lovejoy, Miss Oklahoma Plus American 2010.
“I think all [the competitors] did a fantastic job,” Lashley said. “It was all very well done.”
“I thought the performers were absolutely wonderful,” Lovejoy said. “They were all a joy to watch.”
Approximately 100 people attended this year’s show to see, and support, RSC and community competitors.
Following the competition, guests and contestants were invited to dine at Wings to Go in Midwest City, where 20 percent of profits were donated to the BSA foundation scholarship.