Newark resident and Newark Collegiate Academy student **Leah Jenea Gaines** was victorious in her first round of competition at the world famous Apollo Theater's Amateur Night which was held on June 16th according to officials.
Jenea's rendition of "I'll Rise Up" by artist Andra Day had a thunderous applauding ovation that saw her easily move to round two of the competition officials said.
Jenea was also on Season 10 of "The Voice" but fell just short of moving on in the competition.
She won the gold medal from Mcdonalds Gospel Fest competition officials said.
Amateur Night at the Apollo's second round is expected to happen on July 6th.
Congratulations Leah and good luck!