Rams show off

Rams perform their talents at annual UCPC Talent Show

By Christian Hunick
On April 26, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Jordan Conley keeps the crowd’s energy high with a quick joke and skit between performances. Conley is a comedian who was brought in to host the 35th Annual Student Talent Show. 

 

UCPC hosted the 35th Annual Student Talent Show on April 23, with comedian Jordan Conley as special guest.

The event began at 7 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center and featured 12 student performers.

“We had 24 people audition, but we only picked 12 to perform in the talent show,” Club Café Committee Chair Gabriella Zuniga said. Zuniga was one of the UCPC board members who helped out at the event.  

Also present was a panel of four judges: Trent Shuey, assistant director of bands; Kaylee Feece, head cheer coach; Farrah Lokey, scholarship counselor; and Dr. Trey Smith, professor of mathematics.

Conley, who has performed at many other universities and venues, announced each contestant and kept the audience engaged and entertained between performances.

The students who participated this year were Steve Kim, singer; Ana Leal, singer; Clinton Keck, poet; Hoszel West III, rapper; Yonjin Seong, singer; Kodi Drennan & Ethan Daniel, singers; Elouise Mendoza, dancer; Sam Cole, singer; Austin Vandiver, comedian; Tyler Groce, rapper; Maddie Faust, singer; and Noah Smith, singer. 

Following the last act, audience members filled out ballots to vote for their favorite performer.

Graduate Assistant for Student Programs & Activities Geoffrey Johnston said that although the judges had the main say in who won, the audience could influence the outcome with their ballots.

“The audience had a fifth of the overall vote, and each of the four judges had a fifth of the vote,” Johnston said. 

After all the votes were tallied and the judges reached a consensus, Conley announced the winners. 

First place was awarded to sophomore Noah Smith for his vocal and acoustic guitar performance of the popular country song “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn. 

Senior Yonjin Seong, who sang a song by one of his favorite Korean artists, came in second. 

Third place went to freshman Elouise Mendoza. Mendoza wowed the audience with his impressive dance moves. 

The winners each received a check, with first place receiving $200, second place $100 and third place $50.

“I think this year’s talent show went great,” Zuniga commented. “We had a good turnout, and there were some amazing performances.”

UCPC plans on continuing the tradition with another talent show next April.

 

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