FREWSBURG - Students at Frewsburg High School had an opportunity to display their talents in front of friends, family and community members.
On Wednesday, the school hosted its third annual "Frewsburg's Got Talent" competition in its auditorium, featuring 10 students from between seventh and 10th grade.
The event was emceed by Jamie Sposato, mathematics teacher and sophomore class adviser, and members of the sophomore class. According to Sposato, the event is intended to serve multiple purposes.
Contestants of the third annual “Frewsburg’s Got Talent” competition gather onstage to await the judges’ top three decisions. Pictured, from left, are Greta Gustafson, Lexi Anderson, Anna Smith, Morgan Scarpino, Jenna Emley, Caitlyn Swiston, Olivia Sposato, Sharon Barrus, Carli Marsh and Julia Kramer.
P-J photo by Gavin Paterniti
"I kind of came up with the idea about three years ago, along with the sophomores," said Sposato. "It's a fundraiser, and I thought, 'I wonder if we could come up with something where we could showcase talent outside of a musical.'"
The evening event was dominated by contestants performing vocal renditions to backing tracks, and included one piano performance. In order of performance, the contestants were: Jenna Emley and Caitlyn Swiston, who performed as a duo; Morgan Scarpino, who performed on piano; Julia Kramer; Olivia Sposato; Carli Marsh; Lexi Anderson and Greta Gustafson, who also performed as a duo; Sharon Barrus; and Anna Smith.
Sposato said that this year's show was more vocal-heavy than the previous two shows, which displayed a variety of different talents.
"Tonight was different because we had a lot of singing," he said. "Last year, we had a lot of juggling and comedy. So I was just trying to get a variety of different talents that the students could showcase."
After each performance, the contestants were evaluated on an individual basis by judges Larry Lodestro, Emily Spielman and Shaun Laska all teachers at the school. At the conclusion of the performances, the judges deliberated and delivered their top three choices to Sposato.
The first-place prize of $50 went to the duo of Lexi Anderson and Greta Gustafson. The second-place winner of $30 was Olivia Sposato, and the third-place winner of $20 was Anna Smith. The prize money was raised from the price of admission to the show. Sposato said that the show has averaged approximately $500 each year.
According to Sposato, students wishing to participate in "Frewsburg's Got Talent" must first pass an audition.
"It's open to students in any grade level - seven through 12," he said. "They come and sign up with me and we kind of have tryouts, and then the sophomores judge them a little bit. We try to get down to eight or 10, depending on how many (applicants) we get."
He added: "This is just a good thing for the kids to be involved in and have another outlet. It's all about the kids, and it's good to support them."