Griffons showcase their talent

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Spratt 101 filled with students last Thursday who were excited to see what their talented colleagues had to offer.

The 2016 Western’s Got Talent competition, hosted by WAC,  featured 15 separate acts consisting of dancing, singing and even beatboxing.

This year’s First Place winner was Western cheerleader Ivory Cohens, who danced to Jessie J’s “Who You Are” as performed by fellow cheerleader Darcey Peters.  Cohens had judgmental words such as “too fat” written on her body as a way to make a statement about being comfortable with who you are as a person.

Sophomore Terin Wade, who is a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, was the first to take the stage and showed off his beatboxing skills.  He has been beatboxing since high school and said he practiced for 12 hours to prepare for the competition.

“I love it, it’s one of my favorite hobbies. You can do it whenever you want, you don’t need an instrument you just do it while you’re walking,” Wade said.

Second-place winner Mariatul Dianah Hidzir, sang a version of Halo by Beyonce and played acoustic guitar. She said she has been singing since she was nine years old, but never in front of anyone, until her brother forced her into the limelight.

“I only sang in the shower,” Hidzir said. “There was this one time, our music teacher was looking for a singer and then my brother opened his big mouth and said that “my sister can sing,” and from then on I became the school singer at my school.”

Hidzir said she likes Western’s Got Talent because the performers are there to have fun together, and don’t think of it as a competition.

Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Elie Moore performed a step, and said it was important to him because the form of dancing originated in Africa, and he was stepping during Black History Month.

“What I like most about stepping is I get to interact with the crowd, I get a chance to do a piece of my heritage that I never knew before I joined a fraternity,” Moore said.

Spanish professor Ana Baussett-Page was one of three judges at the competition and said she loves to get involved with student activities.

“The talent is good, I can see there are some students with a lot of talent,” Bausset-Page said. “The singing, the music, it’s nice. You get to see a lot of talent.”

Anyone interested in showing off their talents should contact Western Activities Council.