Eli Lynn, far right, holds his first-place trophy while runners up Remington Hunter and Hunter Irvin, center, proudly display their second-place trophies and Brisa Pacheco takes third at the East Grand Plains Elementary School talent show, Wednesday. (Amy Vogelsang Photo)
In a display of various talents, 50 students at East Grand Plains Elementary School performed Wednesday morning for teachers, parents and fellow students in their school’s talent show.
This year’s contestants had to go through an audition process. Around 45 acts tried out, and after scoring at least 14 out of 20 points from a rubric, 20 were chosen for the final production.
From dancing and singing to tumbling acts, the kids demonstrated a variety of talents. Adults were instantly in love with Maya Campazano who sang “Hopelessly Devoted for You,” while even dressing the part in a red poodle skirt and sweater like Olivia Newton-John. And the audience was brought to laughter when Adam McClelland gave Donald Duck a run for his money with Duck Talk comedy.
All the students did outstanding jobs, making the judges’ job difficult. Roswell High School seniors Isaiah Lawson and Laura Thomas and sophomore Fabiola Sierra were volunteer judges, who had to pick just three winners.
Brisa Pacheco took third place after her stirring rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home.” In second place was the comedic storytelling act of Remington Hunt and Hunter Irvin creatively telling “The Glassless Window.” The first-place trophy went to first-grader Eli Lynn singing “Diamond Sword,” a choreographed presentation based on the computer game “Minecraft” complete with a homemade jeweled sword.
“I was nervous up there when I had my fingers crossed because there was only one trophy left and I didn’t know it was going to be me,” Lynn said. “But I can’t believe that I’m going to show it to my dad and my brothers, and I’m really excited.”
Second-grade teacher and this year’s show coordinator, Katy Vaz, enjoyed watching all the kids perform.
She said, “seeing the kids’ excitement. Just absolutely their excitement, their enthusiasm and the way they encourage and cheer for each other, that’s my favorite part.”
The talent show is a great way to allow kids to experience new opportunities at school, Vaz said.
“It’s neat and it’s a great way for the kids to be involved and participate in something that’s not just classroom academic oriented,” she said.
But according to stay at home mom Cherri Richardson who came to support her daughter and the other performers, the best part of the talent show is “just that the kids get to get up there and show (off their talents) and be brave enough to do it.”