Northmont’s Got Talent

Showcase Undergoes Transformation


Senior Eric Hawkins (left), Senior Michael Phillips (middle), and Senior K.J. Abdullah (right), will serve as emcees for the showcase

Harley Johnson, Assistant Editor

The Northmont talent show, which has been around for more than 40 years, is being revamped this year. In recent years, the show featured seniors only, who auditioned and were chosen to perform. However, this year the talent show will feature students from all grades who are part of school groups such as jazz band, a Capella, jazz band, and drama club. The show was also renamed “Northmont Showcase,” from its previous title “Senior Showcase.”

“We wanted Northmont to showcase the talent from its internal groups that a lot of students don’t get the chance see perform,” said Ms. Kimberlee Leis, science teacher and one of the show’s organizers.

Auditions were not held for the showcase.

“There were not auditions for spots for the showcase because the performing arts departments and ROTC filled those slots. The auditions for the senior emcee were held Thursday, February 2,” said Leis.

Students will not go to seventh period on the day of the showcase, but instead will report to an extended sixth period.

“Sixth period will become a double period,” said Leis. “Half the school will go to the first performance, and the other half will go to the second performance.”

The event will showcase a variety of talents.

“I’m directing a student play I wrote in the fall,” said freshman Jeffery Rucker.

The emcees for the showcase will be seniors Michael Phillips, K.J. Abdullah, and Eric Hawkins.

“We [emcees] basically get to know the people we will host with and see how everyone thinks. We are also writing a script,” said Abdullah.

Leis, along with science teacher Mr. Aron Zender and math teacher Ms. Julie Marshall organized the showcase along with advisers of the performing groups.

The showcase will occur on February 24.