Every year at the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus students get the chance to show off their talents in front of their classmates at the school’s annual talent show.
This year’s show was blessed with nearly 30 talented acts that performed two shows on March 30, the last day of school before spring break. The acts consisted of dancing, singing, lip syncing, baton twirling and juggling.
Nick Negron and Juan Lopez said it wasn’t easy to get together and perfect their act before the show.
“We were scrambling to practice, so I was nervous,” said Negron.
Their act, in which Lopez played the acoustic guitar and Negron sang the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” got a tremendous ovation from the crowd at both shows.
Negron said it was one of the best high school experiences ever.
Lip Sync – Group
First place: Kristen Hommes, Trinity Lopez, Sarah Bailey, Kristy Anderson, Teila Gagat (Performing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”)
Lip Sync – Individual
First: Danielle Jablonski (Performing “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”)
Talent – Group
First: Nicholas Negron, Juan Lopez (Performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”)
Second: Brittany Wenner, Adam Jamison, Nichole Shadow (Performing “All About Us”)
Third: Dominique Noell, Robin Arnold (Performing “God’s Will”)
Talent – Individual
First: Leilany Pagan – dance routine (Performing “Land of a Thousand Dances)
Second: (tie) Luis Dudley (original composition) and Ian Williams (Baton routine)
Third: Mercedes Garbutt – Mixed dance routine
Behind the scenes
For any type of show, the performers are always the center of attention. At the end of a flawless act, many people never give a second thought to all of the hard work that went into making those scenes perfect.
The Computer Networking class at Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus, led by their instructor, Scott Basen, knows exactly how much work must be put into making a show spectacular.
For many years, the CNET class has been working behind the scenes at the annual school talent show. The show requires a considerable amount of preparation, and the students in the class must start out by finding, editing or pulling out the vocals of a variety of songs given to them by the performers. Then, each act had to be cut down to three minutes in length.
The 10 CNET students were also responsible for setting up the audio system, karaoke machine, lighting and volume controls. The students also set up props for the show, such as the microphones and stands, and ran tests to make sure that everything worked correctly. A few of the classmates were also in charge of taking pictures and videos of the acts so that they could be put into a slideshow.
The set up, organization, participation and the cropping/editing of the pictures were all judged by Mr. Basen for a grade. The instructor worked with the class leading into the assignment, but in the end, the students ran the entire show.
“Just like the talent show is done by students; it is run by students as well,” Mr. Basen said.
This gives the class a sense of pride and accomplishment in their work, and they did a great job overall. The preparation and set up for the show also gave the students practice in the fields of computer networking, computer maintenance, electronic engineering and audio/radio personnel.
One of the “behind the scenes” students from CNET, Luis Dudley, also performed an act in the show this year. Dudley competed in the individual talent competition and performed a song that he had written himself. Under his performing name of DJ LuDogg, Dudley has been writing, singing and creating the music for all of his positive, original, hip-hop, club and pop music since 2008. He also helps to organize events and many consider him to be a young entrepreneur.
Dudley was also nominated for A-Tech Student of the Month for the activities he performed in support of the talent show.