It was a night of song, dance, comedy, music, cup singing and podiatric guitar hero at the first annual Lincoln-way East's Got Talent competition, which was held this past Thursday night in the LWE auditorium.
The event, which was organized by choral director Matthew Granger, engineered by Eric Nush, and emceed by students Grace Tervin, Joel Ruby and Melina Vitucci, featured 90 minutes of competition acts all vying for LWE Grand Champion.
Competitive acts were interspersed with exhibition performances by LWE Jazz Band, JV Poms, and the LWE choirs. Audience participation was encouraged both during the performances and after, when audience members could use their cell phones to vote for their favorite act.
Third place went to the dance group of Alexandra Dworakowski, Nicole Radkay, Megan Wharrie, Courtney Matheu, Jessica Slater, Renee Liden and Liz Jones for their "Bizarre Love Triangle" performance.
Second place went to the band "The City," featuring Mike Reda, Mike Ward, John Romanski, and Miguel Sahagun.
The title of Grand Champion went to Emmanuel Willis and Paul Brushaber for their poppin' dance routine to the song "Raindrops."
Ticket sales funded a raffle prize and supported the school arts programs. "This was a tremendous success" said Matthew Granger, choral director at East and the event's brainchild, "we had a great showing from many talented and diverse groups of students who don't always have the opportunity to showcase their abilities!"
Granger, who commended the Tri-M Music Honors Society and the Black and Blue Crew for their organizational and publicity work, hopes to make the show an annual tradition. "We look forward to many more years of showing off the best singers, dancers, actors, and uniquely talented individuals that East has to offer" he said.