Markasha Jones and family

Showing off their Appomattox Raiders pride at the ARTS International event in Florida are Markasha Jones (center) with her mother Marlisa Jones (left) and father Gordon Jones.

After a flight cancellation and rescheduling her Los Angeles trip to ARTS International talent showcase last winter, July came around, and rising Appomattox County High School freshman Markasha Jones finally found herself in Orlando, Florida.

She took the spotlight as around 35 agency representatives looked on.

ARTS International, after finding out about Jones’ winter woes that caused her flight cancellation, made room for her in the Orlando talent showcase that was scheduled for July.

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