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Creating a Performance Opportunity: Students Showcase their Skills in the Talent Show

Full of music, singing, dancing and laughter, the talent show created an opportunity for talented musicians to shine on Jan. 11. This year’s show included more performers who did not already take a visual or performing art elective, according to talent show organizer and Tech Theater teacher Samantha Sanford.  

“I think the benefit of a talent show is a low stress, welcoming and celebratory environment for students to 

showcase anything and everything,” Sanford said.  “You’ll also see people having a good time and getting up there to try something new. I think that diversity and that inclusion is what makes it entertaining to watch, and it helps keep the environment light and welcoming instead of competitive.” 

Sophomore Noa Stewart was a member of MiSoul, a jazz ensemble group in Club II-V-I. He and his members played a jazz instrumental of “From the Start” by Laufey, and for them, performing in the talent show was an opportunity to gain experience being on stage with a live audience, according to Noa Stewart. 

“We just thought people would know [the song],” Stewart said. “Usually we’re more of a jazz oriented club, but we figured this was more relatable to people’s music tastes. A lot of people know Laufey and all of her music, so we decided that that would be a good show to put on for a student body.” 

Senior Nithila Francis said she performed in the Talent Show because she loved to sing and wanted to spend time with her friends, who were also performing. Inspired by a cover of Demi Lovato’s “Warrior,” Francis also wanted to sing a cover of the same song in the talent show. 

“Singing made me a lot more confident than how I used to be,” Francis said. “Though performing on stage is nerve-racking, it’s become more comfortable for me now, [because] when I go up on stage, it feels normal.”

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Stephanie Hwang, Assistant News Editor
Stephanie Hwang is the Assistant News Editor for her first year on Portola Pilot. This year, she hopes to connect with Portola Pilot members and learn all that she can. When she’s not playing indie games or attempting to monopolize the cafeteria’s daily supply of vinegar chips, Stephanie can be found trying to finish all the new books she’s been collecting. Or lamenting about her upcoming tests.
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