The third annual “So You Think You Got Talent” Talent Show was held recently at Marvell-Elaine High School. The EAST class in collaboration with the annual staff hosted the show as a fundraiser and to raise community awareness to cyber-bullying. More than 500 students, parents, and community leaders were in attendance.
A pre-show “Cyber-Bullying Rally” was held prior to the talent show. A slideshow produced by the E.A.S.T. Lab students was shown to kick off the rally. The Flash Mob, which consisted of 15 participants, entertained the audience with a series of choreographed dances. All of the members of the Flash Mob wore “I DON'T LIKE CYBERBULLYING” T-shirts bearing the message T.H.I.N.K… is it Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind, which were donated by Forrest Office Machines of Jonesboro, to stress the importance of building relationships with others as opposed to bullying.
Nineteen people competed in the Talent Show. The winners were: 1st place Dajahia Cunningham, Jacquez Holden and Tyeisha Boyd, 2nd place Troikasheia Bobo and Tyla Versey and 3rd Stephone White and Lacora White. Winners of the talent show were offered a management contract, photo shoot and video performance with TPEM Management based in New York, N.Y. The Flash Mob's surprise guest, Yung Legend aka Jeremy Washington, performed his hit “Mojo.”
Besides viewing and listening to various talents of the contestants, the Step Show performed by Greek fraternities captured the audience's attention. Members of Arkansas State University's Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. and Forrest City Omega Diamonds 'stepped'. John 'Beey' Braggs and Dewayne 'Trophy Boi' Millbrooks, alumni of the Marvell-Elaine communities performed their latest hits. Shiwanda Sheard of Helena-West Helena performed a moving tribute to the late Whitney Houston. The upcoming Little MEHS Cheer Squad showed off dance moves and cheers for the crowd. Other performances included TA from Nashville on behalf of TPEM Management.
Ms. Megan Mackey (E.A.S.T. facilitator and annual staff sponsor) and members of the annual staff want to acknowledge their appreciation of and thanks to the talent show's sponsors and supporters. The sponsors and supporters were Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., Forrest Office Machines, Mr. and Mrs. Winston Foster, Helena National Bank, Integrity System, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., Omega Psi Phi, Inc., and Webber Family Practice.