By Alyssa Bates | Reporter
Twenty students took the limelight on March 16. Some danced, others sang, some entertained the audience with their words, but they all shared the same courage to display their talents in front of a packed auditorium at Avon High School’s Talent Show.
Singing “Still Hurting” from “The Last Five Years,” freshman Aria Martin said that the purpose of the evening was “just to let go of your fears, have fun, and possibly win.”
On top of the entertainment and friendly competition, the proceeds from the night benefitted the Avon Night Light on Apr. 30 in support of the prenatal and pediatric care at Hendricks Regional Health.
The night was hosted by Claire Trinkle and Micah Prickett.
“My mom was one of the teachers in charge of the talent show, and she basically volunteered me without asking me,” Trinkle said. “But it was a lot of fun and I would do it again if I were given the chance.”
The hosts worked to ensure that the night kept moving and they interjected their own humor into the introductions.
“The only thing I followed on the script was the order of the acts and their basic instructions,” Trinkle said. “Micah and I would plan little jokes offstage right before we went on and just ran with them.”
For each performer to be selected for the talent show, they each had to undergo an audition process.
“The audition process was pretty nerve-wracking,” Martin said. “But it was also a nice rush.”
For sophomore Hope Miller, this is her second year in the talent show.
“I looked at the talent show as more of a concert than a competition so I had more fun and was not as focused on if I was going to win or not and I was not that upset when I did not win,” Miller said. “I just had fun talking to the other performers and playing my song.”
To determine the winner, there were four judges: Mr. Record, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Meunier and Mr. Emmons. They collaborated and chose three winners. In third place was a trio of Riley Banks, Victoria Rodkey and Chrissy Newton dancing to “Hello” by Adele, second place was claimed by a spoken word routine by junior Faith Morgan, and first place was awarded to Chris Rodenbeck and Mike Whitmer with their vocal and guitar duet of an original song.
“We came into the talent show without any intention of winning anything,” junior Riley Banks said. “We just wanted to show our dance to a new crowd.”
The fan favorite award was awarded to Lindley Griffin and Joe Shively with their vocal and piano duet of “Hello” by Adele.
“There is really no way to describe what performing is like,” Martin said. “To put it simply, it is an adrenaline rush and a sense of accomplishment.”