Once the applause started, it just didn’t stop! The KICS Secondary Talent Show on March 16 was full of show-stopping and heartwarming acts alike. Middle school and high school students took the stage to showcase their talents from singing to dancing, and even to an African fabric fashion show! Also in the lineup was KICS primary French teacher, Lauren Hakizimana, with a heartfelt violin performance to “Never Enough” from the movie The Greatest Showman.
Ultimately, the grand prize was won by Old School – three high school girls performing a mashup of Alicia Keys songs. The performance by Isaro Munyemana, Siphora Iriza and Iness Murego had the crowd on their feet, clapping and singing along. On top of that, they could not miss a note, with a flawless performance of the mashup they had created themselves.
In second place was the African fabric fashion show. Although a fashion show might not be a typical talent show act, the three main students involved made a great case. Naomi Gakusi, Claudine Ingabire and Esther Mosher contended that it takes talent to curate pieces of clothing that fit a theme, create a captivating line up and do the makeup for the models.
Two of the KICS values are customization and lifelong learning. By working to create a space for themselves in the talent show, Naomi, Claudine and Esther put these values into action. They proved that there are many gifts in the student body, all of which should have a chance to be showcased and cultivated. They also demonstrated a desire to learn about fashion outside classroom walls and used their knowledge to create a show that was enjoyable for the entire crowd. They also brought in their classmates and friends to be models, which gave others a chance to be a part of the show as well.
The Secondary Talent Show was full of passion and talent, showcasing a wide array of skills and celebrating the many differences in the student body. A big thank you to all our performers who chose participation over apathy and gave the crowd a wonderful show!