Taking talents to the top

To finish off Friday’s night talent show, the co-ed dance team performed a new hip hop routine. Photo by Vanessa Tsai

By Sara Seibel

To showcase the many talents students have to offer, the Interact Club hosted the fourth annual talent show on Friday, Feb. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

From singers and piano prodigies to beat boxers and saxophonists, a variety of acts performed in the theater.

Francis Santiago, senior, sang “One Last Cry” by Brian McKnight while playing the piano.

“I was really nervous and messed up a little bit, but I will come back and do better next year,” Santiago said.

Before the show began, anxious performers paced around the backstage of the theater, quickly rehearsing the movements of their acts an hour before the audience settled into their seats.

“I love singing and want to perform at as many places as possible,” Valentina Mentchoukov, sophomore, who sang “Somebody to Love” by Queen, said.

Interact Club will donate proceeds from the show to the Heifer International Organization and the Three Square Food Bank. Heifer Project International is a nonprofit organization working to combat poverty and hunger by distributing animals to families in need around the world as a means of providing self-sufficiency. Three Square provides food for the hungry and is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

The talent show chooses new organizations to donate to every year. This year’s associations were chosen by Mrs. McGuan’s son, who volunteered for the Peace Corps and had the opportunity to see these charities in action.

“I think all students should audition and participate next year. It’s a great way to help out the community while still having fun,” the host of the night, Joseph Olivia, senior, said.