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Variety Show: Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Lights, camera, ACTION! The Variety Show was earlier this week, which is where many talented people go head-to-head to win the right to perform in the annual Performing Arts assembly.  This year 15 students were chosen to compete. From singing to stand-up comedy these students performed in front of an almost full house.

Before the show many participants said they were nervous but overall excited. Sophomore Riley Yeoman and senior Morgan Marshall hosted the event, bringing a humorous script to the already abundant talent onstage.

Freshman Julie Faith sang "Human" by Rag'n'Bone, while playing guitar, and her cousin, freshman Ethan Legier, sang "Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down, playing electric guitar in a similar act.

Senior Addison Bjorling performed a mashup of songs from the famous conductor John Williams in a mashup on the cello. She has been playing the cello for seven months and this was her "first time performing in front of anyone who wasn’t [her] teacher."

Switching gears to a less classical piece, sophomore Drew Kaminski brought his beatboxing skills, causing all the high school students in the audience to roar.

Continuing with the modern theme, senior Polidyn Ky rapped "I'm in Love with You, Sorry", which moved many in the audience. Juniors Alex Vickers and Maddy Johnson merged the classical and modern worlds into one, playing modern songs like "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi in a piano duet.

Johnson was also in another group with seniors Sterling Steiner, Karl Berner, and Kayla Kulbacki named the "Krusty Krew"  after their "passion for real music" from Spongebob Squarepants. They sang "This Grill is Not a Home" from the popular cartoon, and went on to take second place.

Going on with more singers came senior Cameron Horne, singing "And I am Telling You" by Jennifer Hudson, while senior Kaylee Evans stunned the crowd with her singing of "Hometown Glory" by Adele. Freshman Camlin Vespaziani likewise sang and played the ukulele to Adele's version of "Make You Feel My Love", originally written by Bob Dylan.

To switch things up, senior Max Ellis danced to a song from the movie "Napoleon", making everyone giggle and applaud. The only standup comedian was senior Karl Houtman, who made jokes about applying to colleges and the stress of high school.

Later,  junior Lesley Arais-Perez touched many people with her singing "Hallelujah" written in 1989 by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen. Senior Chloe Holt also stirred many with her smooth voice, singing "Brother Need to Breathe" by Needtobreathe.

In the end there was only one winner, however, and Vespaziani came out on top.

She will be performing her act at the annual Performing Arts assembly. Upon winning, she hugged many of the other contestants and the hosts.

When asked if she thought she would win, Vespaziai said "Not at all! I thought all the others were very talented."

Congrats Camlin and all the other contestants on a job well done!