There were many judges (Mr. Poveda, Mr.Haley, Ms. Kori Johnson, Mrs. Olguin, Ms.Hooker, Ms.Hartley, Ms. Ras, Mrs. Debusk, and Ms. Arora) who voted to determine who the winner would be. The performers were not aware of who the judges were until the 7:30pm show.
Everyone did a great job and had a lot of courage going out there, but there had to be a winner by the end of the night that everyone was eagerly waiting for. In first place was freshman, Karibeth Bradford, singing the song “Popular” from the also very popular broadway musical, Wicked. Eleventh grader Christopher Hutchinson picks her—and eighth grader Josiah Ziegler—as his personal favorites. “Their singing was on tune, which was really good,” he explains, “and they really performed their song, rather than just stand there and look mindlessly above everyone’s head.”
In second place was Jesus Bravo, a sophomore, who performed the evolution of dance. Finally, in third place were two seniors, Margarita Kat Kat Cruz and Kamren Hamilton who performed to the song “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith. Kat did a fabulous job dancing, while her partner Kamren sang. Kat did some acrobatic moves while being graceful at the same time. Both the singing and the dancing worked well together and created a beautiful picture. Jesus had a great performance that was quite different from everyone else’s. “Whether I win or whether I lose, I had fun doing this,” he says, and the audience definitely had fun with him. There were so many dance moves that made everyone smile and laugh. Finally, freshman Karibeth brew the crowd away. She sang hitting all the right notes while still staying in character.
It was a great show put on by Costa Mesa students that had captured the audience’s attention from the very start. ASB members Jennifer Garcia and Alexis Dasca, both of whom are in 12th grade, describe their joy with the CMHS talent show this year. “It takes a couple weeks to prepare,” Jennifer explains, going into detail about the audition process and the technical aspects. On ASB’s role in the show, she says, “ASB just kind of knows what to do, like, the day of.” At the entrance of the show, different members were stationed to collect tickets and hand out brochures.
“It’s lots of fun, always a memorable show every year,” says Jennifer. Alexis agrees, saying, “It’s pretty cool, just watching everyone have fun up there.” They, and many other students present, have much praise for the seventh graders (Lionel Young, Bella Byers, and Mia Rogers) who are so young but are as “equally talented” as the seniors. The talent show and its long tradition of showing the abilities of our many students here at Mesa is one that will truly last forever.
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