by DIANA DIAZ
Advancement Via Individual Determination (A.V.I.D.) will host its annual talent show tonight at 6 in the auditorium.
“Part of our leadership style is based on the gradual release of responsibility model. We hope to coach the students in organizational and leadership skills and put them in situations and roles where they will be successful,” said Carlos Avila, A.V.I.D. coordinator. “Even if they fail, that is part of the learning experience. So, if you attend the Talent
Show, you will notice that it is completely student-run, and we’re only their to support and guide the students in their endeavors.”
The 16 acts this year have been divided into five groups and will include: dance, soloists, duos/trios/bands, instrumentals, and two magicians in the “other” category.
“The experience that I had rehearsing and preparing has been great,” said Octavio Gutierrez Romero, senior. “We’ve been flowing with the music, having fun; we want to have a perfect performance to impress the crowd.”
Contestants will be judged on stage presence, crowd reaction, technical ability, performance difficulty and creativity. The judges will be Linda Chu and Vanessa Favela, teachers; Jasmine Ruiz and Juan Crespo, A.V.I.D. tutors; and Anthony Rodriguez, senior.
The winner of the talent show will receive $150, and second and third place winners will receive $100 and $50, respectively.
“I hope that everyone performing takes this opportunity to express something, which is something they might not always do,” said Janet Guereca, vice president of A.V.I.D. “I hope the audience can appreciate their talents.”
Tickets are on presale for $5 but will be $7 at the door. They can be purchased from any A.V.I.D. student, as well as from the talent show competitors.
Proceeds will be used for A.V.I.D. seniors in the form of scholarships. This year will include an increase in scholarships awarded for a total of 10 $500 scholarship. This addition is due to an increase in senior A.V.I.D. members by 32 students.