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Larned Teen Named Finalist in National Talent Contest for Youth in Juvenile Justice

by Cheryl Cadue last modified Jan 03, 2017 12:04 PM
Nicodemus G. from Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility earned a spot in the finals this week for his take on pop singer Ariana Grande’s song ‘Break Free’ as part of a national virtual talent contest. The contest is part of the 20th anniversary celebration for Performance-based Standards (PbS), an initiative of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) that provides national standards for juvenile justice agencies, facilities and residential care providers.


The PbS “Kids Got Talent” virtual talent contest received more than 50 submissions from youth in PbS facilities who were invited to submit video or audio recordings showcasing their talent as individuals or groups.

Nicodemus is one of 11 finalists whose videos now will be judged by a panel of six judges representing professional film makers and national youth justice leaders. The contest's winner will be invited to perform live at PbS’ 20th Anniversary and Awards Gala August 14 in Indianapolis.

In announcing Nicodemus as a finalist, CJCA noted that Nicodemus "...commands your attention with his confident stage presence and amazing vocals. If you aren’t smiling along with him by then end of his performance you must not have been paying attention!"

Watch Nicodemus performing Ariana Grande’s song ‘Break Free’.



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