A showcase of talent


YODER – A comedian, a guitarist, a magician and even a cellist took to the stage last Thursday, and that’s not the setup to a joke – it was the line-up at the inaugural Southeast Schools Talent Show, which was held on a make-shift stage in the school’s gym last week.

According the student council sponsor and guidance counselor Amanda Fogle, who helped organize the show, it gave students an activity to show off some of their skills that aren’t normally showcased during school activities. 

“We have some really talented kids at Southeast and they do not always have the chance to show these talents to a larger audience,” Fogle said. “We decided to put together a show so that all kids have a chance to perform. It was so much fun to hear the crowd getting into the show and the support was amazing.”

Singer Coy Wilson, who performed a song from Pete’s Dragon, won the junior high school division. Travis Cline placed second with a stand-up comedy routine, and singer Tara Sanders was third. 

Emma Short and Dani Clapper collaborated on a vocal and piano duet to win the high school division. Megan Cline and Molly Ross placed second with a ukulele and voice duet, and Marjie Schmitt’s piano solo was third.

Travis Cline wanted to sing in the show initially, but eventually decided on bringing down the house with stand-up comedy. 

“Back while we were in the summer, I watched a lot of stand-up comedy on Netflix with my family,” he said. “That’s what first got me interested. I figured I should jump at the chance to try it. I considered singing, but then I saw the word comedy act on the advertising poster, and it just clicked. I wanted to do that.” 

The talent show was a fun and different experience for Travis, who also participates in band and track. 

“It was something that was a little more abstract, I guess you could say,” he said. “I really liked it, that’s why I’m considering getting into it a lot more.”

The event went over so well, Fogle said, that it’s already on the calendar for next school year – so students will have plenty of time to perfect their acts. 

“We are already planning next year’s show, and we hope to increase the amount of people competing,” Fogle said. “There are many more students who have talents and we would love to showcase them to the community.” 

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