Performers shine at Second Annual Rose Review


By: Logan Pierce, editor-in-chief

The second annual Rose Review Talent Show took place Feb. 16 in the H.B. Atkinson Theatre.  There were 10 performances, ranging from singing to poetry recitals to stand-up comedy.

Kirby Harzman, coordinator of student activities, was master of ceremonies for the evening, announcing each act prior to performing.

Performance panel

A panel of three judges, Dr. Kent Lashley, associate vice president for student life, Mechelle Aitson-Roessler, director of admissions and records, and Dustin Orrell, assistant director of admissions and records were on hand to monitor the acts.

The students performed their acts in turn. The energy level remained high, as a majority of students moved around while performing, with all acts exhibiting a commanding stage presence.

The show must go on

Jack Smith, RSC, psychology major, and Chris Wilson, Mid-America Christian University, music and worship ministry major, were set to perform their act. As they started to play their guitar and piano, a microphone malfunction occurred. After several unsuccessful attempts at fixing the problem, Wilson took it upon himself to entertain the audience by playing requests on his piano. Eventually, there was a 10-minute break to fix the microphones, after which the show continued without incident.

After the Talent Show, the judges handed out awards. Princess Arnold, criminal justice major, received $100 in scholarship money for being the fan favorite.

Smith and Wilson took third place and received $200 in scholarship money.

Elizabeth Larios, sociology major, and Legacy Leadership Scholar, took second place and received $300 in scholarship money.

Shannetta Williams, paralegal program student won first place and received $500 in scholarship money.

List of performances, by order of appearance, and awards:

Cynthia Anderson, nursing major
Singing Beyonce’s “1+1.”

Elisabeth Larios, sociology major, Legacy Leadership Scholar
Performs a stand-up comedy routine.

Dominique Smith, RSC freshman
Performing an original song.

Elisabeth Chappell, public relations major
Singing Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee.”

Josh Battles, music major
Performing and singing Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.”

Renee Bliss, respiratory therapy major
Singing Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me.”

Princess Arnold, criminal justice major
Reciting the poem “Take Me in Your Arms (Miss Heroin).”

Jack Smith, psychology major and Chris Wilson, music and worship ministry major, Mid-America Christian University
Performing and singing Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Jondi Dyer, audio engineering major
Reciting an original poem “Let it be.”

Shannetta Williams, paralegal program student
Singing Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

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