Updated: Dec 11, 2018
By TARA JENNINGS, Staff Writer
December 3, 2018
On Friday, November 30, the students of North Brunswick Township High School got the chance to display their skills in the 2018 SGO/RISE Talent Show. It takes a lot of courage for people to reveal their talents to the world, but the show still had seventeen participants. These students displayed a variety of talents; they rapped, danced, sang, and more, entertaining the audience with their skills.
Arushi Bhatia and Kiyomi Korodan, seniors who merged dance styles to perform together, came in first. Trinity Mills, a senior who spun “glow-balls” to make colorful illusions, came in second, while Ram Patel, a junior who performed the choreography to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, came in third. (Patel also won the popular vote.)
Participants of the 2018 Talent Show stood together while awaiting the results. Photo Courtesy of Tara Jennings.
When asked about her experience, Korodan admitted that it took a lot of courage for her to perform. “I did the talent show with one of my best friends who forced me into it,” she explained. “I was very nervous... All I could think about was how much I’d make a fool of myself.”
Despite her nerves, Korodan said she enjoyed the experience. “Although a talent show is technically a competition, I learned that it’s all about having fun and giving your peers an insight into what you’re passionate about,” she said. “It’s not all about being ‘the best’ or being ‘perfect’ because that defeats the purpose of what the talent show is―a place to just have a fun time doing what you love. We were far from perfect but in the end, I’m very happy we decided to do it because it put me out of my comfort zone. It was an experience I will never forget and I encourage everyone to do it.”
While prizes were only awarded to the first, second, and third-place winners, members of the audience were impressed with all of the participants. “Eri Korodan was amazing,” said Samantha Zielinski, senior and member of SGO. Eri is Kiyomi’s younger sister, and, despite being a freshman performing in her first Talent Show, astonished the audience with her singing. “She sounded like she was straight off a record.”
Other attendees echoed Zielinski’s sentiment. “I thought the talent show was really fun!” said senior Renee Hales. “It was cool to see all of the students perform and I think everyone did an amazing job.”
The night wasn’t all about talents, however. The SGO “Student Sell-Off” took place during intermission, with students offering incentives―such as free dinner or homemade brownies―to persuade their peers to “buy” them. Sophomore Diane Romero went for one hundred and one dollars, the night’s highest price; the proceeds from the sell-off will go to Where Angels Play, this year’s SGO-designated charity.
While it might have taken a lot of courage for students to participate in this year’s SGO/RISE Talent Show, there is no doubt that those who attended had a great time. With so many talents put on display and so much money raised for charity, the event was clearly a success.