Area students show their talents at Liberty High School benefit


January 29, 2002|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THERE WEREN'T enough awards to go around for all the deserving participants in Liberty High School's talent show Saturday night.

The show, sponsored by the varsity club as a fund-raiser, included students from elementary, middle, and high schools.

Helen Derwin, a teacher at Liberty and varsity club adviser, coordinated the event, and gathered acts for the show.

"I distribute fliers to the elementary and middle schools requesting talent, and I just bug the high school kids that I know are talented," Derwin said of recruiting for the show.

Brandon Pluim, a senior and president of the varsity club, was master of ceremonies for the event, assisted by Laura Wilson and Colleen Baughman.

Natalie Warther, 10, opened the competition by singing the national anthem. Her performance earned her second place in the elementary school category.

The audience was then treated to dance acts, lip sync dancers, singers, piano and guitar soloists, magicians and comedy acts.

Competing in the elementary school category, Jessica Campion, 10, dressed in costume and performed a song from the musical, Anastasia. According to her mother, Diana, Jessica has taken voice lessons since age 3. Her brother Jason competed in the middle school category, and brought everyone to their feet with his vocal performance of Billy Gilman's "One Voice."

Magician Brad Rankin, 17, and his assistant, Caitlin Evans, 17, returned this year to baffle the audience with an amazing magic act. Last year the couple won first place at the Liberty contest with a Houdini-type trick.

This year, Rankin defied the audience's perception again, as he displaced the area of a box that contained Evans. After placing objects in the box, seemingly allowing no space for her concealed body, Rankin opened the door of the box to reveal Evans inside. They won first place for the high school category.

The evening wound up with a comedy actby David Ruch, Mike Wehn and Mike Morley dressed as the Supremes and singing "Stop in the Name of Love."

Four Liberty High teachers - Stacey Nolan, Tina Horvath, Jeremy Bair, and Ed DeVincent - judged the contest. The criteria included quality of the act, appropriate costume, stage presence and entertainment value.

Other winners were Shabram Rahim, Courtney Boggs and Bridget Berry of Sykesville Middle School, who performed to a Britney Spears song, and won the middle school category; Mike Vogel and Erica McMonigle, with a guitar and vocal duet, won third place for the high school category; and Erica also won second place in the high school category with Erin Royall and Breanna Dugan performing a dance number from the musical Grease.

Two special awards were given. Overall Show Winner went to Jordan August who sang and played guitar to "Wherever You Will Go" by The Calling, and the "Supremes" won best comedy act.

Valentine's Day collections

St. Joseph's Catholic Community Church on Liberty Road in Eldersburg is collecting donations for flower arrangements to be delivered to residents of nearby nursing homes and Alzheimer's facilities. Donations of $2 will enable the Sheens Colleens, ladies auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus Council 7612, to make the arrangements.

A box is available for collections to the Valentine's Day project in the entry of the church.

Information: 410-795-7838.

Country dance lessons

Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall is offering country dance lessons from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays at the hall at Route 32 and Freedom Avenue. Line dancing and couples dancing will be featured. Fees are $5 at the door.

Information: 410-795-7122.

Debra Taylor Young's neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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