‘Got Talent’ sparks community and shines spotlight on THMS Students

The fourth annual FBLA 'Got Talent' show was successful yet again

1st Place Winners Alayah Renae and Ella Ortega perform a tribute to Michael Jackson.

Alfredo Aguilar, Event Features Reporter

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I love this auditorium, my father went to Tucson High my daughter went to Tucson High, I think it’s one of the best buildings in this whole city”

— Jonathan Rothschild

THMS’ Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) held its fourth annual ‘Got Talent’, shining the spotlight on its students to the community Friday January 27th  2017.

This year’s talent show was hosted by seniors John Garibaldi and Daniela Bojorquez.

“I picked him [John] because he has the experience and a very calming presence that works well with Daniela,” Ali Abdulameer, President of FBLA said.

Show directors were FBLA’s president Ali Abdulameer and vice president Alexandra Rivera both part of the class of 2017.

The show director’s job is to assign jobs, make sure the acts are ready to go on and work with the hosts.

“I was jumping between going from behind the stage to the concession stand and going to my host and talking to them as well,” Abdulameer said.

There were seven judges at the show, one of them being Tucson’s very own Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

“When the school had asked me to come back this year I was more than happy to do it,” Rothschild said.

The show started off with Vanessa Weda-Gomez singing the National Anthem.

As Vanessa was singing she had gotten very nervous and stumbled upon the lyrics a few lines into the performance, starting over her microphone was turned off, but the crowd went on and supported their fellow badger and sang over the music and stage problems.

Almost everyone sang the national anthem with Vanessa which gave her the confidence to finish singing.

The next act to go on stage was the University of Arizona Pom & Dance Line

“It was so great that I cried,” junior Arri Pascual said.

After the Pom & Dance Line had finished it was finally time for THMS students to take the stage and show off their talents to the community.

There were over 19 acts at the show that night, 3 of which were guest performers from either previous shows or the THMS community.

The first guest performance of the night was Alexandra who performed a contemporary dance piece, followed by Hannah Weisman singing Opera, and then Jesus Gaytan playing a guitar tribute to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

“I liked the special guest(s), and the acts were a lot better than last year,” Pascual said.

The winning act of the night was Alayah Rense’s dance tribute to Michael Jackson.

“At the end of the day all I wanted to do was make Michael proud and it didn’t matter if I won or lost and I’m just happy I got to do it.” senior Alayah Rense said.

Dancing one stage along-side Alayah was six-year-old Ella Ortega.

“It took a lot of work, she learned the whole dance in a week and I was really proud of her,” Rense said.

It took Rense three years to choreograph and plan out her entire act.

“I was planning this for three years so it was finally nice to be able to do it,” Rense said.

Alayah has been performing on stage since she was seven and has idolized Michael Jackson even longer.

“Ever since I was little I just wanted to be him [Jackson], my mom would ask me what I wanted to be when I got bigger and I said Michael Jackson,” Rense said.

FBLA members and administration would like to bring more people in to future shows.

“I hope to bring more of the community around Tucson,” Rivera said.

People couldn’t stop talking about how much they loved the THMS auditorium.

“I love this auditorium, my father went to Tucson High my daughter went to Tucson High, I think it’s one of the best buildings in this whole city,” Jonathan Rothschild said.

The fourth Annual THMS’ got talent run by FBLA brought in big crowds and hopes to bring in even bigger ones the years to come.

 

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