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8th-grader a hit with judges at talent show

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:21 p.m.

After impressing judges with her rendition of “Mercy,” Gabby Barrett won the 2014 Kean Quest Talent Search title at the recent event at the Kean Theatre in Gibsonia.

An eighth-grader in St. Therese School in Munhall, Gabby won a recording package with studio Audible Images in Ross, having earned the top combined score of the four judges at the Youth Finals.

Twenty-nine singers, ages 18 and younger, competed in the finals before an audience of about 350.

Jake Pederson of Gibsonia won the Audience Choice award at the finale with his performance of “All of Me” by John Legend.

The Pine-Richland High School freshman played the piano and sang to collect the highest vote total from the audience. He won a recording package with Audible Images.

Jackie Evancho, a Kean Quest contestant in 2008 and 2009 who now is an international recording artist, presented Maura Yates of Franklin Park with the fourth annual Jackie Evancho Award, which is given to a contestant who competed in the Kean Quest for two or more years.

Yates played the guitar and performed Taylor Swift's “Picture to Burn.” The North Allegheny High School senior has competed in Kean Quest four years.

Proceeds from Kean Quest sponsorships and ticket sales benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund for the St. Barnabas Health Foundation.



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