Walnut’s got talent

National Honor Society (NHS) hosted Walnut’s Got Talent, a night filled with live music, comedy, and performances, on Nov. 25 in the MPR.

The event was intended to put students and their artistic abilities into the spotlight, according to co-president senior Joshua Kim. With 14 acts, there was three judges to critique the overall performance, skill, creativity and audience appreciation. The top three was awarded cash prizes: $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

“We’re not here to only celebrate NHS members, but Walnut students as a whole. A lot of times when we’re going to school, we’re only caring about academics.  We don’t really take time to appreciate the art side of our school, which is really talented.  We should appreciate all qualities of the student,” Kim said.

Freshman Eugene Lo, sophomore Matthew Huang, seniors Anthony Culpepper and Darryl Deluna and college freshman Hunter Maestas won first place by singing an acapella version of “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.

“I feel so humble[d] by this experience and I think that this is awesome to my senior year. I’ve learned there’s a lot of great singers at Walnut High School and a lot of talented people,”  Culpepper said

Runner up junior Zane Landin scored second place for his juggling and pen-spinning acts.

“I was surprised to gain a victory. [On stage] I felt confident because I’ve been doing this for a very long time. I did the same thing in eighth grade, but now I’ve gotten better. I realized I may [have] messed up, but everyone enjoyed it,” Landin said.

Senior Brian Pan won third place for his performance by doing a comedic cover of the Grammy award-winning song “We Are The World,” by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson.

“It was a great feeling. It’s always great to place in something. I wasn’t really expecting to get it to be honest. I couldn’t prepare to do something fancier, so I pulled something I did very long ago. I’m glad people enjoyed it,” Pan said.


By Jeffrey Tran, Staff writer

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