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'OU Idol' crowned then corrected

ATHENS, Ohio (March 7, 2006) -- The Office of Student Activities proudly presented the second "OU Idol" competition on Saturday, March 4, to a crowd of 450 excited fans. Dedrick Bonner was announced as the winner of the contest receiving the grand prize award of one quarter of Ohio University in-state tuition valued at $2,745. Following the announcement and a review of the voting, Ohio University freshman Nathan Ramos was also declared winner.

"It was human error," Barnhardt said. "One number was transposed incorrectly; we caught the error Sunday morning after another review and immediately sought to remedy the miscalculation. All other voting was reviewed as well and it did not affect the outcome."

Both Bonner and Ramos will receive the grand prize of one quarter of Ohio University in-state tuition. Chad Barnhardt, assistant director of student activities for campus programs, said the funds utilized to support late night programs are under-budget for the year, allowing for two grand prizes to be awarded.

A tie for second place was declared between Ryan Wonnacott and Jeremy Wright. Each received a quarter of books valued at $300.

"I believe this is indicative of the talent that the competition sought to highlight from the Ohio University student body," Barnhardt said about the number of winning students. "The final 10 contestants were a very talented group and we are extremely proud of the level of talent and professionalism all contestants displayed."

"OU Idol" is one of the many late-night programs sponsored by the university. The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost have made significant financial contributions to the development of these programs.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu, or Assistant Director of Student Activities for Campus Programs Chad Barnhardt, (740) 593-9935 or barnhard@ohio.edu  

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