EC’s talent came out of the woodworks and onto the stage at “EC on the Rise” on April 30 in Fagnell Hall.
The event was spearheaded by two EC seniors, Anthony Paul and Deonte Powell.
“The show was my idea,” said Paul. “Union Board couldn’t do a concert this year because it was a transition year. I wanted to do something that included the student body, something that
let participating students feel like they were getting something back.”
With a $1000 grand prize on the line, one student — freshman Shawndell Young — certainly was able to get something out of the talent show. Young won first place for his original song “Image.”
“I wrote the song right before the audition,” said Young. “I like to write songs to encourage people who feel uncounted.”
Writing music is a passion for Young. His main musical focus is Gospel music, and he tries to write something every day. He plans to put his winnings to good use with his songwriting.
“My keyboard was ruined in the Dink flood,” he said. “I plan to use the money to replace it.”
Young was not the only winner that night. Junior Isaiah Eby, a junior, won the second place prize of $500 for his performance of “Free Fallin.”
“I wanted to do something that people could relate to and say, ‘Oh, I know that song,” Eby said.
Over the course of the evening, there were twelve different performers, whose acts varied from singing to juggling. While a good number of the performers, such as Young and Eby, were veterans of the stage, for some of the performers it was their first time playing in front of an audience.
One of the novice performers, sophomore Tara Flatley who had previously never performed for a crowd before, walked away with the $250 third place winnings.
“One of the coolest parts of the evening was watching the unseen talent,” said Paul. “Tara was not going to perform, but I knew she had beauty in her voice. I told her she should jump into it and she did it. I am so proud of her.”
For Amy Lynn, a dance instructor at EC and one of the judges for the event, this showcase of talent — both old and new — was the most important part of the event.
“It was great to showcase the talent we have and show people the diverse talent that we have,” said Lynn. “The level of talent was incredible.”