It was a full house last week at the Boys & Girls club annual Talent Show in Kenai. According to Club House Director Kim Dent, there were over 30 participants and a full-capacity audience that provided a lot of applause for the kids who performed a variety of dances, songs and skits.
"It was awesome, and now we are Fed-exing the video tape of our top seven acts to the national Share the Vision Talent Search in Atlanta," exclaimed Dent. Dent attributes much of the event's success this year to the Civics students from Kenai Central High School that decided the talent show would make a good community service project for the government class.
"I got together with some of my school buddies that were interested in volunteering at the Club and we decided to help out with the show this year," said KCHS senior Crystal Morris, who also serves as a junior staff member at the Boys & Girls Club in Kenai. "It's definitely been a rewarding experience working with the kids," added KCHS senior Kris Walker. "It's really important to get out and help in your community, and this was a perfect opportunity for me to do that, because working with the kids was totally fun," said Michael Tunseth, another one of Morris's buddies at KCHS. James Haddock, also a KCHS senior, found helping the kids with their last minute nervous jitters challenging but a lot of fun as well.
The plans for the annual Talent Show were well underway when Kim Dent heard about the national Share The Vision Talent Search and decided to video tape their show and enter the national competition. The purpose of the national event, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, is to select 6 acts from all those submitted to go on an expense paid trip to perform at the National Boys & Girls Club conference in Orlando, Florida, May 14th-17th. Dent said that they would be notified on April 1st if one of the local members were selected as a finalist.
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