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Students show off unique skills at Augustana’s Got Talent

Students show off unique skills at Augustana’s Got Talent

Hundreds turn out for ASA-hosted annual event at the Lougheed Centre

Nearly 450 audience members filled the Lougheed Performing Arts Centre for this year’s Augustana’s Got Talent (AGT) competition made up of 16 acts showcasing a diversity of Augustana talent.

After leaving last year’s AGT empty-handed, Cade Sheck and Todd Yaremcio returned and took the top prize winning a thousand dollars with an original song that mocked U.S. president Donald Trump.

Sheck and Yaremcio said that they did not expect to win. “When our names were announced, I was initially in shock, as I didn’t think that we were going to place,” said Yaremcio. “We were there just to have fun. Once I got over the initial shock, I was ecstatic and grateful that people had enjoyed our performance that much.”

Both Yaremcio and Sheck said they enjoyed the atmosphere of Augustana’s Got Talent. “The overall experience of the event as enjoyable and fun as we were given the opportunity to demonstrate our talent, as well as to watch the other incredibly talented acts perform,” said Sheck. “It was an experience I will always remember.”

The second prize of four hundred dollars went to the Augustana African Dancers (AAD), a dance team comprised of students from Africa.

Dami Lawal, a member of the AAD, said she was thrilled upon realizing their second place win. “I was so excited! I felt happy, great, and fulfilled,” said Lawal. “Upon hearing the news, I danced on stage to celebrate that we won. We went backstage, and we were all super hyped.”

A duo of rappers who performed as Saucy Boy and Pboo placed third, rapping Cavaret and taking home one hundred and fifty dollars. Third place winners Saucy Boy and Pboo had never performed live before.

Saucy Boy said they were ecstatic about winning third place. “We only auditioned and participated so that we could tell ourselves that we did it – that we stood up in front of a crowd of people and expressed ourselves in the way we seemed fit,” said Saucy Boy.

This year, with the leadership of ASA VP Student Life, Alex Ho, the Augustana Student’s Association hosted the fifth annual AGT led by emcee Leslie Lindballe. 

Ho said that the audience’s reaction to the performances made his hard work worth it. “The long hours that go into planning events like these –  it’s totally worth it after seeing all those smiling faces.”

Winners were decided by combining judge’s decisions with points earned through votes from the crowd. This year’s judges were 2016 Augustana’s Got Talent first place winner Madeline Killoh, student engagement coordinator Sarah McCrae, community member Jane Cheery-Lemire, and Bree Urkow, assistant director of the development office.

Also competing this year were the Trio consisting of Ken Winder, Qais Alizada and Glenn Abalayan; Dean Parker; Kayleigh Popik; Day Bulger; Katelynn Cook; Shane William Kimber; Tea Kieftenbeld; Meghan Jobson; Torrenz Wildeman; Brynn Markowsky; Racquel Deveau; and Garrick Hill.

“I wish I could have given every participant a grand prize,” said Ho.

Stay tuned for the Medium’s video coverage of the event and performances. 

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