Talent show displays wide range of talents

By Jason Middlebrooks

South student D’ante Stone performs “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Beyonce during the Spectrum Talent Show April 20. He took first place.
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South’s Spectrum Talent Show was seen as a success with club vice president D’ante Stone taking first place in the competition.

“It was fun,” host Miracle Lann said. “I think we had a pretty good turnout.”

Stone, who has been singing since he was 3 years old, performed Beyonce’s “All I Could Do Was Cry” and Luther Vandross’ cover of “A House Is Not A Home.”

I didn’t think I was going to win,” he said. “I enjoy singing. I love what I do.”

Stone also praised a dance routine by Vince Evans, Ayesha Babacar, Adrious Erick and Shalonda Pollard.

The dancers used the talent show to promote the new Asian Culture Club.

Kaelyn Hardeman placed second for her performance of Melissa Manchester’s “Let Me Be Good To You,” Chris Thompson won third and Shaqunita Rhodes finished fourth.

Thompson, a songwriter and guitarist, performed an original song “Rest In Peace.” He dedicated it to a longtime friend who died recently.

“I wrote the song, like, last week,” Thompson said. “I finished it two days ago.”

Spectrum president Tyler Jackson enjoyed the show and expects a bigger turnout for next spring.

“I loved it,” Jackson said. “It was everything I thought it would be. It was wonderful. I am very happy with the outcome. Maybe we can make this an annual spring thing.”