MCHS talent show sees large crowd, talented performers |

MCHS talent show sees large crowd, talented performers

Darian Warden
Moffat County High School senior EJ Hall accompanies Morgan Switzler as she sings "White Horse" by Taylor Swift Wednesday night during the MCHS talent show.
Darian Warden

Moffat County High School’s first Kennel Club Talent Show went off without any technical difficulties and to what organizer Evan Gaffney said was a surprisingly large crowd.

Nearly 100 people attended, which Gaffney said shocked him considering the date of the show was changed only seven days in advance.

“I was just pleased the crowd outnumbered the performers,” Gaffney said. “It went surprisingly seamless.”

Performers calmed their nerves and headed onstage to play for their friends and family.

The event was hosted by student body vice president, Derek Maiolo, who kept the crowd entertained between performances, and featured judges Liane Davis-Kling, Kristin Ingalls and Levi Collins.

First place went to the band Boom Sonic, comprised of Dallen Gillett, Trey Choice, Mitch Romney, Chris Kling and Ryan Secule who played two original songs, #YOLO and Sonic Boom.

Second place went to Paige Durbin, who performed “Elgar/Something Inside,” by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Third places went to the MCHS swim team, the Graceful Goosens, who performed a synchronized air swimming routine.

Each participant in first, second and third place was awarded a $25 iTunes gift card.

“We definitely plan on doing it again,” Gaffney said. “We really appreciate everyone who came.”

Senior EJ Hall, who accompanied Morgan Switzler on the guitar for her performance of White Horse by Taylor Swift, said he gave the show a ten out of ten for determination.

“People had the gall to come out and do what they love doing,” Hall said.

Senior Matthew Montague performed an original composition, Old Soul, on the electric guitar, and said he was very nervous as it was his first time on stage.

Montague, who used to be in a band and has been playing for 11 years, said he would like to start up another one, and participated in the talent show to get his name out there.

“I feel like I did well but I messed up a few times,” Montague said. “But all my friends were here so that helped.”

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