FULTON – G. Ray Bodley High School students recently showed off their impressive vocal, instrumental and acting talents all in the name of charity.
Fulton City School District students, families and community supporters packed the GRB auditorium for the annual Bodley’s Got Talent showcase, presented by the GRB Hope Club.
More than $1,000 was raised for the local charity of Oswego County Opportunities, the national charity of Make-A-Wish Foundation and the international charity of Volunteers for Peace.
The show featured an original beat box remix, an electric guitar solo, acapella singing, and a rousing performance from Molly Metcalf and Katie Cianfarano who rapped “Alphabet Aerobics.”
Trent Berry’s trumpet rendition of “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong was a crowd favorite and other acts earned encouraging praise from judges: math teacher Susan Ryan, head custodian Stanley Perkins and Spanish teacher Jennifer Piraino.
Mikahala Horning’s performance of “Unsteady” captured the judges’ attention because as she sang the song, members of her family came up on stage and together they provided a powerful anti-bullying message with inspirational quotes on a PowerPoint slideshow.
After a 10-minute intermission, the talent continued with more vocal and instrumental talent, more commentary from emcee Jeremy Herlowski and a comedic performance of “Piano Man” by Phil Summerville and Nick Hicks.
Berry received the Most Unique award, while Metcalf and Cianfarano received the audience favorite honor.
Bodley’s Got Talent third place winners were Devon Freebern and Shane Nichols for their take on “Pretty Little Ditty” by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Abigale Tanner took home second-place with her performance of “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.
The judges thought Dillon Holloway sounded much like Kurt Cobain during his “Where Did You Sleep Last Night” Nirvana performance, so they awarded him first place.
Thanks to donations from local businesses, all winners received gift certificates to local establishments.
Hope Club adviser Cathy Cronk said the local charity OCO really had an impact on students because they learned that more than 200 FCSD students experience unstable housing or are unaccompanied.
The high school’s international VFP impact, meanwhile, will include a trip to Mexico next school year.
Cronk thanked the Bodley’s Got Talent audience members for sharing their support for all involved charities.