Jamesport student wins Riverhead Idol Contest

JOHN NEELY PHOTO | Riverhead Middle School student Sophia Parise (left) accepts her first place award for the ninth annual Riverhead Idol contest from Rose Sanders.

Sophia Parise of Jamesport won the first-place award at the ninth annual Riverhead Idol Contest.

The event, held on Saturday night at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, drew 14 contestants who performed in front of a sellout crowd.

The winner, a student at Riverhead Middle School, wowed the judges and the audience with her performance of “Unchained Melody.” Savannah Medina, who sang “I’ll Be There,” captured the second place spot and Dakota Cohen garnered third place with his rendition of “December, 1963.”

This year’s Idol contest was again sponsored by the Riverhead Youth Bureau Advisory Board and was a celebration of the sounds of Motown. Councilman Jim Wooten acted as master of ceremonies and the judges were Ed Tholl, Bob Brown, Laura LaSita and Barbara Blass.

JOHN NEELY PHOTO | All three winners of the Idol judging.