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StuCo’s annual talent show was a success

Ashley Broils
Singing an original song, senior Brett Charlton performs at the Talent show March 19 in the Auditorium. The song was dedicated to his ex. Photo by Ashley Broils

Students tuned their guitars, adjusted their dress shoes and cleared their throats backstage before the talent show on March 19.

Co-chairs junior Luke Dent and senior Tad Lambert began planning the show in February with student leadership teacher Sarah Dent.

According to Sarah, the focus of the event was to showcase student talent, in that there was no competition like there has been in years past.

After designing flyers and social media posts, and collaborating with orchestra teacher Brittaney Wasko to reserve the room for auditions, the organization process ran relatively smoothly.

There were open auditions this year, meaning there were no sign-ups for a specific time slot. Initially, this made Sarah anxious.

“We just wanted people to show up and audition,” Sarah said. “I was a little nervous about that process thinking, ‘What if nobody does show up?’” 

“Thankfully,” they had six auditions on Wednesday March 6 and four on Thursday March 7. All ten acts that auditioned made the show with little to no concerns. There was a panel of around 5 students judging the auditions, including Dent, Sarah and Lambert, who judged through a rubric consisting of stage presence, originality, skill and effort, each worth five points, 20 total. 

“It worked better than I thought,” Sarah said. “The control freak in me would really like to back to sign ups next year because that feels more orderly. It’s hard for me to take a step back and , ‘I’m not running this, It’s their vision.’”

For the first time ever the talent show had no entry fee. In years past it was $2, two hygiene/canned food items or other donations. The reason for this was to attract a larger audience which is reported to have substantially downsized post COVID. 

Around 100 students, teachers, parents and other guests attended, which, according to Lambert, is slightly more than the previous year.

“Obviously we would love to have a full house,” Lambert said. “And we’ll see next year how we can get more people.” 

Lambert and Dent plan to take a more hands on approach in terms of advertising the talent show next year. This includes emailing audition information to art and music teachers, utilizing social media or sending StuCo representatives to speak directly to the students in those classes. 

“I think this year was an improvement on last year,” Lambert said. “And next year will be an improvement on this year. It’s exciting to bring this event back after COVID and see it grow.” 

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Hi! My name is Sofia Ball and I am a writer for the Northwest Passage. Writing started out as a hobby for me. Something I never imagined I would be good at until about 7th grade after taking a creative writing class with Dr. Van Zant. I just started out as a freshman, and already, I've come to know and love many of the classes, teachers and students here at Northwest. I’d like to think of myself as an extrovert, but most of my freetime is spent either reading, writing or watching Netflix in my bedroom. I used to watch The Office all the time before it got removed. The only time you'll ever see me out and about is probably at Cross Country or Track practice. You may even see me handing out our latest newspaper issues around the school.
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Hi, my name is Ashley Broils and I am an Assistant Newspaper Photo Editor. I am a junior and this is my third year of photojournalism. My job is to help the newspaper photo editors with checking captions of photos and picking photos for the newspaper. When taking photos, I really enjoy being close to the action. I have two brothers, Justin and Alex, who are both in middle school. I also have a dog named Anna who is one year old and loves to play fetch with me. My favorite destination is Puerto Rico. I vacationed there this summer.

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