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Another UNLEASHED! Success
“Hello my name is A’ja Crayton, and my name is Anastasia Williams.” These are the words that marked the start of Union County Early College’s Fourth Annual Talent and Art Showcase on Friday, February 28. With a larger stage, more seats in the audience, and more acts than previous showcases, this event did not disappoint and sent the crowd home reveling in the wealth of talent UCEC has to offer. All the hard work of Mrs. Pharr’s leadership class promoting and producing this year’s show helped tally more than $500 to support next year’s Angel Tree event, held annually to support local Pre-K programs.
This year’s show opened with UCEC’s newly-formed Glee Club gracing the stage with a riveting performance to get the night underway. The show continued with 14 acts, each having their time to shine and garner the audience members’ votes. To close the show and allow time for the audience’s votes to be totaled, last year’s winners Konner and Katelynn Kennedy brought the crowd to their feet performing several songs, including Mumford and Sons’ “I Will Wait”, the song which won the duo last year’s show.
All of the acts were quite entertaining, but in the end, first place went to Blake Barnette, Bradley Blumer, Briana Lebron, Hailey Mannion, and Nakea Pittman for their a cappella performance of Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us”. Placing second was Rocio Carbajal, who played the guitar and sang Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours”. And, the third place winners were Josue Guevara, who played the keyboard while Victoria Blancas sang Coldplay’s “The Scientist”.
For the art portion of the show, first place was awarded to Bonnie Loh for her sketch entitled “Queen Elsa and Princess Anna” from the popular movie Frozen. Second place winner was Santiago Bonilla for a variety of his photographs, and third place was awarded to Sarah Wienecke for her ink drawings. This year’s talent and art showcase was a huge success thanks to the efforts of many people. A special thank you goes out to the Kennedy family for providing and working the sound and lights. And last but certainly not least, thank you to Mrs. Karen Pharr, who made this all possible.
Written by: Sylvia Roldan
Posted: Mar 21, 2014 by Sylvia Roldan