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By Guest Writer Natasha Young
Visual Arts Teacher, Northwest Middle School
APRIL 17, 2017 – Magic, singing, dancing and spoken word is just the tip of the iceberg of the myriad of talent circling around Northwest Middle School.
On Thursday, March 30, the Visual Arts Department of Northwest sponsored the “Northwest Starz” Talent Showcase featuring students and staff of Northwest. All of the talent was exemplary!
“We have some very talented youth here at Northwest,” said Natasha Young, art teacher and master of ceremonies for this year’s show. “The kids really showed how brave they are to get on stage and exhibit their talent.”
“The caliber of talent was awesome,” said Jeanne Arzillo, art teacher at Northwest.
Mrs. Arzillo and some of the art students decorated the stage and walls for the talent show.
“I was so scared! My knees were shaking!” explained Na’Keila Jennings who performed a stirring spoken-word for the show.
Performers this year included seventh-grade singer and musician Macy Grace, seventh-grade magician Riley Mabe and eighth-grade violinist Narissa Crawford.
Kaleigh Thomas performed an original song (written by her) entitled “Home,” along with playing the ukulele. Caroline Cates performed martial arts. There was a duet by eight-graders Iyona King and Crystal Lindsey whose hip hop dance act was called “Lightning Warriors.”
Other acts included spoken-word artist Na’Kelia Jennings, dancer Zion Cox, and singers Jeriyan Jordan, Tatiyana Taylor, Abigail Leguizamo, and Adriane Heath and a No’Bacco presentation by students.
Staff got into the spirit too! Mr. Greg Reid, Assistant Principal, played a stirring song on his acoustic guitar. Mr. Joshua Dickens opened with the “Star Spangled Banner” on his trumpet. Mrs. Margo Cochran stirred the crowd singing “My Help” and Mrs. Jaclyn Gitlis contributed her soulful sounds of “Lullaby of Birdland.”
The show even featured Shelly Ferner, the seventh-grade math teacher who wowed the audience with her unicycle entrance.
A lot of art students played a part in preparing for the night's events, including Nyazia Hainesworth, the eighth-grader who designed the front cover of the programs.
The crowd gave thunderous applause for all of the acts. Even though they were told that it was a competition, the students were surprised that all of them received awards and gifts for their performances.
The principal of Northwest Middle School is Alfreda Smith.