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EM Resident Finalist in Singing Contest

Naylan Juarez, 12, one of 24 finalists to perform at Long Island Youth singing competition Saturday.

Naylan Juarez of East Meadow is one of 24 finalists who will perform in the fourth annual Long Island Youth singing competition Saturday.

Juarez, 12, attends New Voices School.

Healthfirst and NuHealth/Nassau University Medical Center are host the grand finale at Circulo de la Hispanidad in Hempstead, located at 605 Peninsula Boulevard, from 1-4 p.m.

Finalists ranging in age from 9-18 will compete for first ($600), second ($400) and third ($300) place in two age groups: youth 9-13 and high school 14-18.

“This contest not only highlights the creative talent of Long Island’s youth, but also presents a forum for them to learn sportsmanship and comradery,” said Arthur A. Gianelli, NuHealth president and CEO. “As a health partner in the community, we are pleased to extend our reach to tomorrow’s future in the spirit of healthy competition."

Almost 300 youths registered for the contest. Finalists, who also hail from Hempstead, Baldwin, BayShore, Brentwood, Elmont, Farmingville, Freeport, Hicksville, Mastic Beach, Mineola, Mount Sinai, Roosevelt, Shirley, Uniondale, Westbury and Medford, will sing their song choice in English, Spanish or Creole for five minutes or less.

“We are proud to present this contest for a fourth time featuring enormously talented youth from both Nassau and Suffolk counties this year,” said Paul Portsmore, Healthfirst SVP of business development. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of providing an outlet for children to express their creativity, made possible with our community partner, NuHealth.”

For more information on the contest, click here.

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