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Chargers Got Talent–A showcase of CO’s remarkable abilities

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The winners, from left to right: Jamisa Randoll, first place; Elena Zero, third place; Cassie Zambrano, second place; Jackie Flores, honorable mention; and Julian Mireles, honorable mention.

The winners, from left to right: Jamisa Randoll, first place; Elena Zero, third place; Cassie Zambrano, second place; Jackie Flores, honorable mention; and Julian Mireles, honorable mention.

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The winners, from left to right: Jamisa Randoll, first place; Elena Zero, third place; Cassie Zambrano, second place; Jackie Flores, honorable mention; and Julian Mireles, honorable mention.

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On the night of Nov. 9, the quiet and melancholy school was a drastic contrast to the loud music and singing coming from inside the gym.  Inside, CO students from all departments were showing their best singing voices, musical performances and showmanship for four critical judges to evaluate–making up the show for the annual Chargers Got Talent.

Though the show did not start until 7 p.m., the performers had been busy doing a soundcheck since 3:45 p.m.  The list of performers did not include simply students, but also staff members Mrs. Rebecca Portnoy, choir teacher, who performed “Rise Up” by Audra Day and showed her vocal and piano skills, and Mr. Lance Gerodias, BETA teacher, and Mrs. Amy Valencia,secretary to the assistant principal, who sang “The Lion and the Lamb” and “Forever.”

The judges this year were choir teacher Mrs. Portnoy, drama teacher; Mr. Roger Graziani, drama teacher; Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, English teacher; and guest judge Mrs. Amanda Cazares, former band teacher.

The show was dominated by vocal performances, with a total of five performances out of 11 being solely singing.  However, two bands also performed: Nesquik Powder–freshmen Matthew Bauer, Faith Garcia, Liam Hernandez, Micah Trejo and Patrick Severson–who performed “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day, and Little Girl Lost–Jacob Estrada, Ben Rose, Luke Sanchez and Noah Villalobos, juniors–who performed “Hey Ya!” by OutKast.  Mrs. Cazares commented of one prime difference from last year’s show:  there were no performances with the ukulele this year while last year’s show had numerous ukulele-accompanied performances.

Two acts were not vocally based: Isabel Kartouch, senior,  played “Prelude in C” by Bach, and Jackie Flores, freshman, performed her self-arranged tribute to Chester Bennington.  However, Jackie’s arrangement was not the only self-created piece–Christopher Mesa and Andrew Williams, seniors, also performed “Can’t Keep You from Me,” a song composed by Andrew.

During the deliberations by the judges, a brief cameo by Chico, the dog of Jaylee Cortes, junior, and performances by Mr. Gerodias and Mrs. Valencia entertained the audience until the winners of the night’s show were announced.  It was no surprise that choir students placed in every spot, with seniors Jamisa Randoll in first place, Cassie Zambrano in second place, Elena Zero in third place, and Jackie Flores and Julian Mireles, sophomore, won honorable mentions.

First place winner Jamisa Randoll was confident in her performance of  “I’m Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog.  “I was pretty confident after my performance hearing people cheer.  It was amazing and exciting, but at the same time, I was nervous because there were so many talented people there,” Jamisa said.  Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the show went to the top three winners, while the honorable mentions won an In-N-Out gift card.

“What we were really looking for was showmanship and musical ability, like intonation from the bands and singers,” Mrs. Portnoy said regarding the judging process.  Mrs. Smith added, “The only tie we really had was honorable mention.  The other ones were clearly several points apart.  Not big spans at all, but enough that we didn’t have to go back.”

Congratulations to all performers, and many thanks to Masters of Ceremony Andrew Barron and Clarisse Guevarra,seniors; the judges; Gabe Sanchez, senior; and the ASB sound crew, espeically Heather Luster and Andrew Milazzo, seniors .

 

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  1. Cassandra Zambrano on November 14th, 2017 9:40 am

    I loved being a part of this year’s talent show. It was amazing, and I had an amazing time. Being this was the first time ever performing by myself and not in a choir, I was glad it was so laid back and carefree. I only wish I had done it last year, too. Thanks, The Bolt Live ! I love you ♥️

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  2. Hannah Versluis on November 14th, 2017 11:39 am

    I wish I went!!! It looked amazing!!!

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