(Editor’s Note: Victoria Kisling is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPInto North Plainfield.)

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - North Plainfield High School (NPHS) students took to the auditorium stage Feb. 24 to share their abilities at the annual school Talent Show. This year’s event, which was sponsored by the NPHS Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), was hosted by NPHS senior Anastasia Thomas along with juniors Zhane Clarke and Quinn Gilmore, and sophomore Shawn Welichko.

“It was very nerve wrecking to host for the first time, but in the end, all I had to do was just be myself,” said Gilmore. “Everybody did a great job showing off their talents and helping out by putting this show together.”

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Throughout the two-hour event, performers and hosts providing a steady stream of entertainment. There were 16 different performances with students showcasing their talents through song, dance and the playing of musical instruments. Among those who performed were Salma Abrahim, Laura Amancha, Duncan Brockway, Zachary Conroy, Nick Fameux, Justin Morales, Ashley Muhando, Jacqueline Nguyen, Myles Pacla, Elisa Peregrina, Amir Simmons, Trevor Sullivan, Cedric Thomas, and Noran Zaher as well as both the NPHS Danz Club and the NPHS Steppers Club.

“This years talent show was another filled with many amazing performers and I am always happy to be a part of it,” said Peregrina.

The price of admission was $5 with proceeds benefiting the NPHS PTO to fund events and opportunities for students and the community. Throughout the evening, the PTO also sold refreshments, including drinks and food, such as Gatorade, water, empanadas, pizza, and cupcakes. This year’s talent show raised approximately $1,200.

“The talent show was really good. There were a lot of great performances. I definitely enjoyed watching it,” said attendee and NPHS sophomore Alveiry Zarate.

For several performers, this year’s talent show marked the last since they will be graduating in a few short months. Among them was Castellanos, a member of the NPHS Steppers since her sophomore year, who this year lead the group in her third and final talent show.

“I’m extremely proud of the team. I knew they were all nervous before the show but they were amazing regardless,” said Castellanos. “We’ve come so far and I couldn’t ask for better people to spend my last year of high school with.”

Fellow senior Brockway has sung in the talent show every year, wowing audiences with his exuberant personality. “It was spectacular!” said Brockway, extending a special thank you during his final performance to those who motivated him to perform each year. “Everyone has a talent and I think they should show that.”

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