Singers, musicians, dancers featured in middle school talent show

TEAM EFFORT: Gage Pearsal, Anna Busch and Nancy McGhee performed "Jingle Bell Rock" during the Morley Stanwood Middle School talent show on Thursday afternoon. The event showcased 15 students in 10 acts singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

TEAM EFFORT: Gage Pearsal, Anna Busch and Nancy McGhee performed “Jingle Bell Rock” during the Morley Stanwood Middle School talent show on Thursday afternoon. The event showcased 15 students in 10 acts singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

MORLEY — As classes wind down before winter break, Morley Stanwood Middle School took time Thursday to recognize student accomplishments outside the classroom with a talent show.

Fifteen students performed 10 acts for their peers and their teachers, showcasing their singing, dancing and musical talents.

Dan Boyer, seventh-grade social studies teacher, organized the talent show as a way to display students’ accomplishments.

“We didn’t have anything coming up for the holidays and I thought it would be fun for the kids to get together and celebrate each other a little bit,” he said. “We don’t always get to see what activities the kids pursue on their own outside of school.”

PERFORMING ARTS: The dance team of Miranda Cook (left) and Kendalyn Persons performed to the music of "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" during the Morley Stanwood Middle School talent show on Thursday afternoon. The event showcased 15 students in 10 acts singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

PERFORMING ARTS: The dance team of Miranda Cook (left) and Kendalyn Persons performed to the music of “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” during the Morley Stanwood Middle School talent show on Thursday afternoon. The event showcased 15 students in 10 acts singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

All the performers on Thursday were sixth- and seventh-graders. The event was a showcase rather than a competition, with all acts displayed equally and no winners named. Boyer tried to find a way for all students to shine in front of their peers.

“I try to help every kid find a way to show their peers what they can do,” he said. “For every kid who tries out, I try to find a way to let them perform for their peers and have a successful experience.”

Most students sang, with a few playing instruments and one dance team gave a performance. Sixth-grader Josie Riebow showcased more than just her voice when she played the guitar and sang an original song to close the show.

Riebow began writing her own songs about three years ago, she said.

“My first song was written for bass and my dad played the guitar, but since then, he taught me to play the guitar, so I do it all now,” she said.

Performing music she composed and lyrics she wrote rather than covering an existing song with or without music was stressful.

“You’re a little bit more nervous because it is your own song,” Riebow said. “But it’s really fun because nobody knows it and it’s the first time hearing it for most of the people.”

Riebow also performed an original song in the elementary talent show last year, and doesn’t see herself stopping.

“I think I’m going to keep writing and playing my own music the rest of my life,” she said. “Music is a really big part of my life.”

SINGER SONGWRITER: Sixth-grader Josie Riebow performed a song she wrote and composed the music for during the Morley Stanwood Middle School talent show on Thursday afternoon. The event showcased 15 students in 10 acts singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

SINGER SONGWRITER: Sixth-grader Josie Riebow performed a song she wrote and composed the music for during the Morley Stanwood Middle School talent show on Thursday afternoon. The event showcased 15 students in 10 acts singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

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Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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