The Orinda Idol finals took place on September 13 at the Orinda Theater in front of a packed house as local news celebrities, Diane Dwyer, Bill Martin and Leslie Brinkley, hosted the event.
The grades K-2 winner was Niamh Akazawa. Joe Metheny won the grades 3-5 category. Maritza Grillo won the middle school category and the Audience Award. The high school category was won by Erika Henningsen.
Samantha Martin and Isabel Mueller teamed up to win the group category for grades K-5, while Jacqueline Garell, Amrita Newton and Neris Newton won the high school group category.
The winners of Orinda Idol recently performed at the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival. They will also be performing at the Moraga Pear Festival and the Orinda Book Fair.