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Donald Lawrence
Long Reach senior named Teen Idol winner
Long Reach senior named Teen Idol winner

"I wasn't sure if I was going to make it through the first audition," said Kiessence Polk, smiling on a stage overlooking the downtown Columbia lakefront Sunday afternoon. Polk, a 17-year-old senior at Long Reach High School, had just been named the winner of the Columbia Association's Hear My Voice Teen Idol competition, beating out nine other contestants. In its 10th year, the competition pits talented singers ages 11-18 from throughout Howard County against one another in an American Idol style competition. Thirty-three singers competed in auditions starting in September. Twenty-one advanced to the semifinals, which were held Oct. 5 at Slayton House. On Oct. 14,...