South Carolinians earn top honors at national model and talent showcase

South Carolinians earn top honors at national model and talent showcase
July 10 14:27 2016 Print This Article

Discovery Spotlight Model & Talent Expo, the national showcase for aspiring models, actors, singers and dancers, has named their Summer 2016 winners.

Koby Hall receives check and award

Hall receiving awards

Koby Hall, 14, of Mount Pleasant, SC, finished 1st in the Acting Elite division with Arabella Schoch, 5, of Summerville, SC, and Romario Laing, 6, of Toronto, Canada , being named finalists.

Angelina Rosa Leach, 10, of Ontario, Canada, placed first in both the Modeling Elite and Performance Elite divisions. Finalists in the Modeling division included Paige Holloway, 19, of North Augusta, SC, and Arabella Schoch, with finalists in Performance including Isaac Rose, 26, of Kennesaw, GA, and Latwanna Afflick, 37, of Norway, SC.

Winners earned $1,000 cash for each division and a 24k gold-plated “Elie” statuette.

Participating agents and scouts included Michael Good of Alpha Tyler Casting, Jordan Beam of Ford Models NYC, Hannah Edwards of Next Model Management, Derek Troy of Muse Model Management, Lynsee Gonsales of Wilhelmina Models, Karen Greer of Karen Greer Models & Talent LLC, Lindsay Worsham of Directions USA, Kristen Kos of South of Broadway Theatre Company, and Casey Benally of Charleston Sound.

Discovery Spotlight has been providing its participants exposure to the entertainment industry’s top agents, recruiters and casting directors since 2006. Former contestants of the Expo have been featured on the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” with Tyra Banks, Oxygen’s “The Face” with Naomi Campbell, Lifetime’s “Army Wives,” and Fox’s “Empire.” They have also appeared in advertising for Saks 5th Avenue, Tiffany & Co., LL Bean, American Girl, Cottonelle and Disney.

To learn more about the Discovery Spotlight or to participate in their March 2017 event, visit

Pictured top, left to right: Arabella Schoch, Paige Holloway, Isaac Rose, Executive Director Cory Dueger, National Director Rebecca Dueger, Latwanna Afflick, Koby Hall, Angelina Rosa Leach, Romario Laing.  Photos courtesy of Clyde McDonald Photography.