Jose Medina celebrates rock and roll with the crowd after finishing his guitar solo during the talent show. Photo by Briana Alzola.
Rachel Risenmay clogs.
The crowds were wild, their screams were loud as musicians belted their hearts out, rocked out on the guitar and played tunes on the piano. The people greeting their adoring fans finished their song and returned to a chair on the side of the gym, before getting on the school bus or getting picked up by their parents. Feb. 11 featured McFarland Middle School's second annual talent show. The show featured several acts and was emceed by students Rhiannon Reno and Miguel Valencia. In addition to musicians, dancers took to the stage. Reno and Valencia also got the audience involved, leading them through a song and dance Shark Song and asking them to stand up if they liked the color green or if they played any sport. Valencia used humor, as well. "What kind of computer sings?" he asked the audience. "... A dell." Students sang, too. Kristin Spencer sang "Hallelujah," by Leonard Cohen, accompanied by fellow student Juliana Rodriguez on piano. Christian Garza sang "God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts and Mason Cleverly sang "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green. Jill Walker and Daishawn Roylance played a duet on the piano and Jeremy Mendez danced his heart out. Several other performers, including one staff member, rounded out the show.