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MHS students perform in talent show

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Maplesville High School celebrated students’ abilities with the annual talent show on Jan. 30.

The show was open to all students and included a variety of ages from first-grade students dancing to high schoolers singing.

Mollie Kayte Smith and Kaleecia McCary kicked off the event by singing The Star-Spangled Banner.

“I like to show my talent to other people and inspire others to do it,” Mollie said.

Mollie said she “practiced a lot” and “was really excited” for the performance.

“I put my mind to it, and I put my heart into it,” Kaleecia said.

Logan Smith chose to perform stand-up comedy, while wearing a dinosaur costume, for his talent.

“I chose to do it because it was something that I have always loved to do,” Logan said.

He said the support and encouragement from his fellow students helped him be able to perform.

“What I enjoyed most about participating was getting to see everyone do their talent,” Logan said.

Trinity Rylee sang “Blame it on the Kids.”

“My parents say that I have a really good singing voice, and I like singing so far,” Trinity said. “It’s my second year singing in the talent show.”

She said she prepared by practicing and “making sure I believed in myself that I would do good and sing loud.”

Van Pinkerd danced the Cha-Cha Slide during the show.

“I really like to dance, and we just were coming up with songs and we picked the Cha-Cha Slide,” Van said.

He commented that he had known how to do the dance, but this was the first time he performed it in front of an audience.

Van said he had fun participating.

Heather Carroll knew she wanted to sing but had some challenges picking a song.

“I decided to go with something that was a little lower (range),” Heather said. “My mom said it would be the perfect song for me, and it matched my voice.”

Heather sang “Homecoming Queen.” She said she was nervous but enjoyed being able to perform and overcome the nerves.

“It’s really exciting,” Heather said.

This year is the third for Maplesville to hold a talent show. However, this was the first year that the event was used as a fundraiser for the drama class. Drama teacher Patricia Turner said her students helped those who were participating in the show and several group practices were held.

“I was a music major and never an athlete, and this is a very athletic school, a very athletic county, so I am always looking for the kids that are the drama, singing, artistic types,” Turner said. “I want to encourage them and let them know that they have a very important part in this school and in society, and they have a voice.”

She said students help each other and encourage each other to overcome shyness.

The students are also encouraging during the performances with cheering.

“Then, they see that what they offer, and their talents are just as important as anybody on a field or on a court playing,” Turner said.

Funds raised from the talent show will be used to purchase scripts, pay performance fees and other items needed for the drama class to produces plays.