After three hours of singing, the time finally arrived for the 2012 Kean Quest Talent Competition winners to be announced.
Kenzie Palmer of West Middlesex won the Judges' Choice Award and Allison Mizgorski of Butler was the Audience Choice Award winner Friday night at the Kean Theatre on the St. Barnabas campus in Richland Township.
Jordann Versaw of Mars received the which is presented to a contestant who has competed in the competition for two years or more. The award honors a person who displays determination, commitment and vocal talent.
Jackie, who is on tour, introduced the award via video, with the name of the winner announced live on the Kean Quest stage.
The first runner-up was Shane Treloar of McDonald and Greta Schaltenbrand of Allison Park was named second runner-up.
Emcee Johnny Angel kept the program moving as he introduced 30 contestants, and encouraged the audience to give warm welcomes to the young people taking the stage.
"This is the height of their careers right now," he said. "It's a very serious and nervous moment."
Kean Quest held five preliminary and two semi-final rounds to get to the final contest for contestants up to age 18.
In the adult portion of the competition held March 4,
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which provides nearly $5 million to needy patients at , Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas and who otherwise would not be able to afford their care.
Northern Connection Magazine is the signature sponsor of Kean Quest. UPMC Health Plan, Audible Images, Austin's, Armstrong, , , Gordon Food Service, Comcast Spotlight, and WPXI-TV are the event sponsors of Kean Quest, according to the St. Barnabas website.