Andy O. with Mariah Ackerman
discussing tonight’s DECA proceeds
assisting families at DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Fruitport High school’s DECA team hosted its fourth annual Talent Show at the middle school auditorium on November 6, 2012. The DECA team, along with several staff, selected fifteen performance groups who demonstrated their amazing talents in vocal, instrumental and dance performances.
Prizes were awarded to the top five performances. Chosen as Judge’s favorite were Kim Gauthier and Justin Tu for their performance of “Volcano” by Phillip Phillip, which was played as a duet on a single piano, Best Duet or Group performance went to Megan Newsted and Cain Burling for their performance of “Payphone” by Maroon 5 and Best Solo was awarded to Janelle Vest for her amazing performance of her original music composition called “Whatever it Takes”. The Show Stopper award went to Chris Baauw, Caleb, Cutler, Gideon Hunter , and Logan Stong for their outstanding group performance of “As Long as You Love Me” as originally sung by Justin Beiber. The final award, Crowd Pleaser, went to Devin Beer for his animated and stylish performance of “Through the Fire and Flames” by Dragonforce. The performances went off without any glitches except for a performance delay due to dead microphone batteries.
Local radio personality Andy O donated his talents again this year. His first order of business was to introduce Mariah Ackerman. Mariah is a senior student who was diagnosed with leukemia as a junior and DECA will donate all proceeds from the show to DeVos Children’s Hospital in her name. Mariah, who currently is in remission, explained the purpose of the funds, “the money raised tonight will go support services for families”. She added, “Often families arrive at DeVos and are told unexpected news that requires them to stay longer than anticipated. This support service provides family members with necessities like tooth brushes, tooth paste and meal vouchers”.
The student organization, DECA, along with Fruitport marketing teacher Danielle Hershey was responsible for planning this year’s event. “A three person committee made up of Hanna Covert, Justin Wierengo, and Lauren Kemme were in charge this year,” commented Mrs. Hershey. “For these students the talent show represents their student project for DECA and with this project they will be able to enter the State DECA competition”, she added. Lauren Kemme , one of the three committee members said, “We will write a paper about the overall project and then do a presentation on the talent show at state competition.” The presentation the group creates will include their involvement with the project from the creation of the forms for auditions, programs, and rehearsal schedules to the selection of the performers for the show. They had to arrange practice times, coordinate people for lighting, sound, stage set-up, and videographers. “We had to arrange for judges,” Lauren said. “We asked student, parents, teachers and even the Superintendant of schools.” “Most people were willing to help out” she said but also said it was “nerve wracking to see if everyone showed up”. Also needed were people to design, print, cut, sell and take tickets, and to hand out programs at the show. “We asked people to donate baked goods for our intermission bake sale,” Lauren said.
The total amount raised and donated to DeVos Children’s hospital in Mariah’s honor exceeds $1500. Lauren added, “It was an amazing amount of work, but it was so worth it!”