Reese Wachter,11, of Oliver earned a warm applause from the crowd after her two performances. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Fresh B.C. Talent Quest winners crowned

Judges had a tough time picking out the winners at the Fresh B.C. Talent Quest finals

With talented performers coming from up and down the Okanagan Valley, judges had a tough time picking out the winners at the Fresh B.C. Talent Quest finals on May 13 at Orchard House in Penticton.

The youngest performers, ages 9 to 11 years, were in Group A, with first place going to Aleena Proteau, Penticton; second place to Haley Gentray, Penticton; third place Reese Wachter, Oliver. Runners up are Samantha Williams along with Oliver and Kaitlyn Stringer of Penticton.

In Group B, ages 12 to 14 years, first place went to Laura Close, Westbank; second place to Kennedy Smith, Penticton; third place Chloe Coffin, Penticton. Runners up are Niya Juric along with Hayley Hunter and Tyara Macormick of Kelowna.

The top performers from each group, Proteau and Laura Close, as well as the top runner-up, Juric, will all be performing at the Penticton Peach Festival in August.