The Cambridge YMCA was bursting with energy last week, as kids from all over the region came out for their chance to wow judges and take home a first place prize in the 2013 Youth Advisory Board Talent Show.
Participants belted out original songs, covered some popular tunes, stepped to a beat and rocked out on stage – delighting the panel of judges that included Semirah Dolan, Miss Black Massachusetts Talented Teen 2012, Anthony Williams, founder/director of the Tony Williams Dance Center, Janelle Woods McNish, Miss Massachusetts, and Ashley Studley, Communications Manager for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
“We had a great group of kids turn out to perform and support their friends on stage,” said Youth Programs Manager Shawna Dias. “It’s always a fun event.”
In third place came Elizabeth Tran, a Boston Latin Academy student who sang an original song asking Youth Advisory Board Chairman Thomas Vu to Prom (he said yes, by the way). Sarah Clavijo tied with her.
The Boston Latin School Step Squad came in second place, while Everett Dance Group Lil’ Phunk took away the first place trophy with a fun and energetic performance.
Thank you to all of the performers and supporters who came out – the event raised hundreds of dollars for the Measles Initiative, which aims to vaccinate children against Measles.