First ever Rose Review

By: Bryan Trude, assistant editor

A multitude of performances were showcased during the first Rose Review Talent Show, Thurs., Feb. 24, in the Student Center’s Main Dining Room.

The free-of-cost show featured 14 acts ranging from musical, dance, sign language, poetry and cheer routines.

“[The show] was great,” President Britton said, who attended with wife Kay. “We have tons of talent on this campus.”

The musical acts featured both original compositions as well as songs by well-known artists such as Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys and the Dixie Chicks.

The contestants competed for various scholarship amounts: first place with $500, second place with $300 and third place with $200. The audience was also asked to vote for a fan favorite, who would receive a scholarship in the amount of $100.

“We like to give a show, and we also want the scholarship,” Ritchel Schultz, nursing major, said. “We want to be able to compete.”

Schultz, along with backup dancers Hsiaowei Liu, nursing major, and Megan Morris, fitness and nutrition major, received the first place and fan favorite prizes for their Tahitian dancing routine.

Second place was awarded to Joshua Silsby, criminal justice major, for his vocal and dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Third place was awarded to Jack Smith, psychology major, who performed an acoustic version of “Drops of Jupiter” by Train.

“I thought I did a pretty awesome moonwalk for a carpet stage,” Silsby said, whom dressed the part of Jackson, all the way down to a single glittering, white glove.

Britton expressed optimism that the Rose Review will not only be continued, but will start to be held “more than once a year.”

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