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Central science teacher Ben Forman, left, and his son Noah, 8, finish their rendition of "Muppet or a Man" Jan. 16.
January 22, 2013
INDEPENDENCE -- Oftentimes, the best is saved for last. Central High School's talent show Jan. 16 was no exception. That seemed to be the case based on crowd reaction at the event.
It was junior Izzy Negrete who impressed the most; he spray painted a vivid scene of outer space within the time it took to play a song, winning the talent show.
Clad in a paint-stained white T-shirt and a protective mask, Negrete managed to depict a phenomenal scene of the solar system using 10 cans of spray paint. Entwined within the Milky Way, stars that seemed to pop out of the painting shone brightly amongst the blue, purple, yellow, green and orange shaded planets, causing the crowd to gasp when he revealed his work.
"I've been practicing new techniques," said Negrete, adding that he had only been doing spray paint art for a few short months. "I'm just trying to do something better than not only I would like but that my audience would like.
"I chose to do spray painting because it's a unique way of showing art."
Negrete was one of 10 performers who participated in last week's talent show.
Central High junior Izzy Negrete captured first place with a spray painted depiction of planets in space, painted onstage during the course of a single song.
"I think the benefit for the student is a chance for their peers to see them," Central High assistant principal Brett Baldwin remarked. "It's encouraging for students to perform in a nice auditorium like we have. The community can see our facility being used and promoting the arts."
Other acts included CHS student Cara Caniff and Kylie Stokes, as well as alumni Jenn Lippert, Megan Smith, Ron Flug and Chris Owens -- every act but Negrete chose to sing.
Freshman Anna Druery-Vitolo chose to sing her favorite song, "Only Hope," from the movie, "A Walk to Remember."
"I'm doing the talent show because I want to get experience in singing so that I can get used to it and be more comfortable on stage because I love singing," Druery-Vitolo said.
"I am trying to get more solos at school as well. I'm trying to grow in music and get my voice where it needs to be."
There were acts besides Negrete's that drew shouts of "Encore!" from the audience. Specifically, father-son performers Ben and Noah Gorman.
Gorman, a language arts teacher at CHS, was asked to invite his son to perform in the show. "They wanted Noah to do something because they needed more kid acts. Noah loves to sing, he loves musical theater, anything theatrical," Gorman said.
The two came out in matching outfits -- black button-up dress shirts and silver ties -- and performed a song from "The Muppets" called "Muppet or a Man."
"I think it's fun to be on stage," said Noah Gorman, 8, who won the youth talent award. "And my mom recorded it."
"He has no stage fright," Ben Gorman chuckled. "Somehow he has missed that gene."
The annual talent show is a fundraiser coordinated by student clubs. This year's edition was put on by the Model United Nations club. Proceeds from the show will pay for the organization's annual trip to the Oregon State Model United Nations Conference at the University of Oregon, where the students will be representing the country, Turkey.
"I was blown away that we had 3,000 students from the state who were participating and representing delegations from around the world," Mike Thissell remarked about his first conference as the club's adviser six years ago. "At the conference the students argue intelligently, solve problems and really act like adults."