Pattaya School No. 11 leads winners list at Yamaha Young Talent contest

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Three groups of students from Pattaya School No. 11 took home trophies and scholarships by singing and dancing their way to top finishes at the Yamaha Pattaya Young Talent contest.

Phathakan Samertwet won the Thai or International singing category for teenagers; the group “I.D.C. Cover Dance” took first in the Korean / Japanese Pop Dance category and the school’s “Leon” team also took third place in the same category at the March 11 finals at the Tiffany Theatre.

IDC Dance Cover from Pattaya School No. 11 wins the J-Pop / K-Pop, 12 - 18 years category.IDC Dance Cover from Pattaya School No. 11 wins the J-Pop / K-Pop, 12 – 18 years category.

The annual competition, sponsored by Yamaha Music Institute, Siam Kolakarn Music School and the Tiffany Theatre awards prizes to pre-teens and teens in Thai traditional or country music, current Thai or international pop, bands and for dancing to Asian pop tunes.

Tiffany’s Assistant Managing Director Alisa Phanthusak, Siam Kolakarn Director Darin Phanthusak, Chonburi Sen. Sutham Phanthusak and Chonburi provincial representative Prathan Surkitbuan handed out prizes worth 2,000-5,000 baht. The Pattaya Fah Mai Group also distributed 21 scholarships worth 1,000 baht each to participants.

Darin Phanthusak (3rd right), director of Siam Kolakarn School, Pattaya, presents the championship trophy to the winners and runners-up of the Thai / International music category, age 13-18.Darin Phanthusak (3rd right), director of Siam Kolakarn School, Pattaya, presents the championship trophy to the winners and runners-up of the Thai / International music category, age 13-18.

Tawanthai Khongsomrith of Lertpunya School in Sattahip won the top prize in the under-age 12 Thai or International Pop category and a sponsorship from Yamaha to train him for a national competition.

Other winners included Ploychompoo Apin from Rasadornpradit Withaya School in the age 13-18 Thai country music contest; The band category was won by “Never Forget” from E-Tec in Chonburi.

Nathakan Bandaan of Bangwua Bangpakong in Chachoengsao won the under-13 Thai country music category.

Finally, the Thai Country Music category, under 12 yrs, was won by Pitayarat Saynson from Maanda Niramol School, Bangwua Bangpakong Chachoengsao.

Phathakan Samertwet (left) from Pattaya School No. 11 receives her prize for winning the Thai or International singing category for teenagers, from Darin Phanthusak, director of Siam Kolakarn School. Phathakan Samertwet (left) from Pattaya School No. 11 receives her prize for winning the Thai or International singing category for teenagers, from Darin Phanthusak, director of Siam Kolakarn School.

The Never Forget team from E-Tec Chonburi celebrates winning the under 18 band category. The Never Forget team from E-Tec Chonburi celebrates winning the under 18 band category.

Pattaya Fah Mai awards scholarships to students from 21 schools in Pattaya.Pattaya Fah Mai awards scholarships to students from 21 schools in Pattaya.

The audience has a great time cheering loudly for their favorite contestants.The audience has a great time cheering loudly for their favorite contestants.

Sponsors and contestants pose for a group picture.Sponsors and contestants pose for a group picture.

Alisa Phanthusak, head of the competition, officially opens the event.Alisa Phanthusak, head of the competition, officially opens the event.