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Mime, poet, singer win talent show

By Hannah Simpson
Staff Writer

A figure dressed in black, illuminated only by a dim glow on stage and the white of her painted face and gloved hands, took the stage and the votes of the judges for the 2006 UNCP Talent Show.            

Rachel Carnegie mimed movements to the song “The Battle is Not Yours.” She not only received a standing ovation for her performance, but also $250 for first place prize.

The Talent Show was held on Sept. 19 in GPAC and showcased the talents of 16 UNCP students.            

Mo Mutima, vice president for the Student Government Association, said that many students approached him asking if the show could be produced each semester, instead of annually.

Mutima said that things like the talent show are the vision that he and Jacobs wanted to try and have Pembroke represent.             “It’s a consolidation of cultures. A new way of college life at UNCP,” Mutima said.

Carnegie said she didn’t expect that she would win first place.            

Carnegie has been performing mime for six years and is the leader of the NRS Mime Ministry at her church. The UNCP talent show is the first contest for which she has performed mime, she said.

Second place winner Michael Watson performed an original poem titled “Judgment of Evil.” The poem was inspired by literature that he had read in high school.  He won $150.            

Third place and $100 went to Joey Kirk, a veteran singer on the GPAC stage, for his a capella performance of “I Need You Now.”

“It’s a surprise,” said Kirk. “I came up against a lot of good acts.”            

Other performances included dual enrolled high school student Angelica Chavis performing a tap dance, freshman Alex Bailey-Pridham who performed a Shakespearian monologue and a performance by SME (Show Me tha Money Entertainment), last year’s third place winner.

“Makes me want my “Bodyguard” CD,” Mutima quipped, after Sipora Wrighten belted out a Whitney Houston song.

Francis Bayog, also known as Hyper Vyper, performed a poem he had written entitled “Bipolar Bottle.”

Also showcasing their talents were hip hop dance group Lyrically Equipped,   the  hip-hop dance group Virtuosity, singer Charles John, singer Tanika Perry, singer Aleya Jones, singer Ariadne Degarr and singer/guitar player Christopher Sawyer.

The talent show was sponsored by the collaboration of the Student Government Association and the Association of Campus Entertainment.

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