Kean Quest 2015

 

Shailen Abram, Kean Quest Champion

Shailen Abram, Kean Quest Champion

Shailen Abram is the New Kean Quest 2015 Youth Champion

GIBSONIA, Pa. (Richland Twp.), April 15, 2015 – Kean Quest, the popular local vocal competition that boasts singing sensations Jackie Evancho and Chris Jamison, concluded its youth competition Friday evening, April 10.  Entertainers and vocalists between the ages of 7 and 18 took to the Kean Theatre stage to compete for the coveted title.

Shailen Abram, 17, of Pittsburgh received the Kean Quest Champion Award for his performance of “I Will Find A Way” by Fred Hammond.  Blair Nelson, 15, of Mt. Lebanon received the First Runner-up Award.  Nelson performed the hit song “Almost Is Never Enough” by Arianna Grande. Ariel Cameroe, 11, of South Fayette received the Second Runner-up Award and sang “Amazing Grace.”  Alexus Burke, 16, of Ohioville Borough received the Audience Choice Award.  Burke performed “Back At One” by Brian McKnight accompanied by Daniel Mihelarakis on guitar.

Trisha Pittman, WPXI; Ariel Cameroe, Second Runner-Up; Blair Nelson, First Runner-up; Sara Hopkins, Jackie Evancho Award winner; Shailen Abram, Kean Quest Champion

Trisha Pittman, WPXI; Ariel Cameroe, Second Runner-Up; Blair Nelson, First Runner-up; Sara Hopkins, Jackie Evancho Award winner; Shailen Abram, Kean Quest Champion

The 2015 Kean Quest Talent Search benefits the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which provides more than $6 million dollars in free care each year to St. Barnabas patients.

Following a video message from Pittsburgh singing sensation Jackie Evancho, a former Kean Quest contestant, her father Mike Evancho presented the 5th Annual Jackie Evancho Award to Sara Hopkins. Hopkins has been a Kean Quest contestant for the past four years and sang “God Bless America.” The award is presented to a contestant who, like Jackie, has competed in Kean Quest for two or more years, works hard, never gives up and continues to follow his or her dreams no matter the outcome of the competition.

WPXI’s Trisha Pittman was the evening’s special guest and emcee. Gabby Barrett, 2014 Kean Quest Youth Champion and up-and-coming Pittsburgh musical talent, performed.

Contestants were competing for a chance to a recording package with Audible Images, a Grammy award-winning studio; professional head shots with photographer Ray Cordero of Mainline Photography; one month of music or vocal lessons with In-Tune with the Arts Studio; and the Kean Quest trophy.

About St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas Health System is a leader in health care and retirement living. In its 115th year, St. Barnabas is like no other – diverse and expansive – meeting the needs of young retirees through those who require hospice. St. Barnabas’ spectrum of care includes four retirement communities, three living assistance facilities, two skilled nursing homes, and a community outpatient medical center.

For more information about Kean Quest visit KeanQuest.com

Robin Taylor, Public Relations Director, 724-444-5580 • RTaylor@stbarnabashealthsystem.com

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