Talent show hosted by Rouses Point Elementary Parent Support

ROUSES POINT Theres a lot of talent tucked away inside the walls of Rouses Point Elementary School. The Parent Support Groups first annual talent show, chaired by co-president April Clukey and co-vice president Meredith Austin, proved just that. Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Jim Sorrell, the event showcased the best in singing voices, dancing, musical talent and even a little magic. Despite a few glitches with the musical system, all the participating students provided class acts that delighted their audience and made it a tough job for the judges; North Countryman Editor Ann Hawksby, Cindy Bombardier of Kavanaugh Realty, and Northeastern Clinton Middle-High School Assistant Principal Robb Garrand. Each of the contestants were brought back to the stage by category and judged based on applause, with the panel having the final say. Although only one act from each category could be chosen the judges decision was unanimous. I think they are all winners here tonight, said Garrand. After all, it is not easy getting up on that stage in front of so many people. In the singing category, it came down to a toss-up between Cowboy Shawn Ruger, who wrote and sang what he called the Rouses Point School Song, Julia Herzog and Jessica Cartier as The Pink Girls (who incidentally got an A for effort after having to start their act over due to technical difficulties), and Zoe Martin from the kindergarten class, who sang Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Under miscellaneous talent, Meara McManus won the audiences hearts with her Irish Dance; other contestants included Robert Parent and his magic and a song and dance by Oriana Laflesh and Brianna Sterling Jordan Brilotte won the Instrumental category, playing two numbers on his electric guitar, while Kersten Lutz on piano and tiny violinist Andrew Visconti, were certainly deserving of recognition as well. The JAMMA Girls took first place in the Group Dance category, for their high-energy version of the Boston Red Sox dance. The judges did feel that all the other contestants not previously mentioned, including singers: Celine Houle, Amanda Martin, Kaylee and Glasgow; and dancers: Krista, Laurin and Miranda White, Kaysie LaValley and Morgan Bennett deserved an honorable mention for sharing their talent as well. Proceeds from the talent show will be used to help the Rouses Point Elementary Parent Support Group with the purchase of a new Smart Board, which costs $1,200.

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