“Since we are a K-12 school and are such a supportive community, our talent shows tend to have more variety,” said Talent Show Director and Head of High School Jay Huston. “Our students feel comfortable to show off non-traditional skills and participate in cross-divisional acts.”
One of those multi-grade acts included two middle elementary school students and one high school senior rocking out to “We’re not Gonna Take it” by Twisted Sister.
“They’re awesome kids and it’s an awesome song. Why wouldn’t I perform with them?” asked the senior rhetorically. “Age doesn’t matter to me.”
Jay says Stanbridge has a talent show for the same reasons as any other school: to showcase the parts of students that aren’t revealed during the regular school day.
“But we have an additional reason,” said Jay. “To give our students, whom have been stifled and hidden at previous schools, a chance to shine!”
“I always like going up and performing in front of a large group of people,” said a junior high student who sang Ghost Town. “Adam Lambert is my favorite singer so it was an obvious choice.”
Staff members also delighted the audience with a hilarious skit.
“Whether it was impersonating late 1990s WWF wrestlers with my friends as kids or performing stand-up comedy in college, I have always loved to perform,” said High School Math Teacher Matt Juul. “When I gather with the staff for a formal or an informal meeting, I'm usually not as talkative. So it was great to not only work with a talented cast but to show Stanbridge that I can entertain an audience.”
Although the event was managed by staff members, the show was hosted by a high school senior.
“I don’t really like to perform, but I like public speaking,” said the Emcee. “I think the show went really well. A few of the bands were awesome.”
Videos of the whole show are available on YouTube. Click here to watch