Valley youth excelled in the YO! Regional Talent Showcase on April 20 in San Diego against others from San Diego and the Los Angeles Boyle Heights and Watts areas.
Competing for prizes and awards in humanities, performing arts and music, the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program YO! Steps of Success took first and second place in the performing arts category.
David Casillas and Oscar Lopez, both of Brawley, were the winners and each received a $1,500 scholarship to the Debbie Allen School of Performing Arts. Juanita Hill and Andrew Taylor, both of Calipatria, received the second-place award of a $200 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Yesenia Martinez and Bidiana Garcia were recognized for their participation in the music category.
The winners will advance to the regional competition in Los Angeles on June 28-30. They will compete against youths from Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco.