Once again it is my pleasure to share our Washington's Got Talent finalists' thoughts. Last week's column contained eight of the finalists; the remaining responses are below. Thirty-two young people answered three questions: 1. Please tell us why you enjoy performing; 2. What does performing in Washington's Got Talent mean to you?; and 3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Please join us at the finale at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity High School. Doors open at 5 p.m. Arrive early to enjoy a spaghetti dinner (courtesy of Angelo's Restaurant and Ameron Beverages). Four Star Pizza will provide food during intermission. You can vote for fan favorite and buy tickets at http://www.washingtonsgottalent.com/. These young people are ready to perform their hearts out for you; this cold winter needs a break! Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and younger.
Bionic – Eli Dzurino: 1. I enjoy performing because it gives me an opportunity to showcase my talents in a very rewarding way. 2. Washington's Got Talent is a chance for me to come out and have fun performing all while benefiting a very worthy cause. 3. I see myself as a graduate of Howard Law School.
Bionic – Marissa Durbin: 1. I really enjoy performing because it is an easy way for me to express myself. I would honestly rather sing in front of a million people then speak in front of one. 2. This performance is an opportunity for everyone in our community to band together for a good cause. It showcases the many talented people and is a fun time. 3. I honestly don't know where I'll be in 10 years but I hope I will still be doing what I love, singing and performing.
Bionic – Victoria Hall: 1. I enjoy performing because I feel like I'm speaking to people through my music and they can relate to it in any situation. 2. This means a lot to me because we get the opportunity to showcase what we've been doing since we were in grade school. 3. I hope to become a high school choir teacher. I know it will be a hard and long journey but I'm willing to do everything I can to get there.
Four Way Stop – Andrew Rozsas : 1. I love the feeling of making people happy with my music. The feeling gives me such a rush that I can never get enough of. 2. It really means a great deal to help raise money for such an invaluable program. I get the opportunity to do something that I love to do and in return, Teen Outreach raises money to keep their program rolling. 3. I see myself doing audio recording and editing while still going out and performing with my friends.
Four Way Stop – Jacob Fulton: 1. Creating music is something I enjoy doing and playing with my friends makes it even better. 2. It's a great feeling to know that what I'm doing is going to a great cause. 3. I see myself being a physical therapist. I also see myself staying close with my friends and continuing to play in Four Way Stop and performing with my friends.
Four Way Stop – Matthew Cimino: 1. I believe that it's the best way to show how my hard work has paid off. 2. It means having the opportunity to display my talent and to also contribute to a good cause. 3. In medical school.
Four Way Stop – Jimmie Phillips: 1. I have always loved music and enjoy playing because it is a special way to connect with your friends, family, and fellow human beings. 2. Washington's Got Talent is a great opportunity to have fun, meet new people, and entertain many people for a great cause. 3. I see myself as a mechanical engineer that continues to play music and perform in a band.
Hollow Lines – Jakob Nyswaner : 1. I enjoy performing because of the rush of being on stage and entertaining a crowd of people. 2. It means that I was lucky enough to be selected to perform with the most talented people in the county. 3. I see myself doing something with music.
Hollow Lines – Jonathan Hoover: 1. I enjoy performing because it is fun. I enjoy the rush of being on stage. 2. Performing in Washington's Got Talent means to me, that I am one of the best. It's an honor, and a great opportunity. 3. I see myself working as a speech pathologist and performing any chance I get.
Hollow Lines – George Samarin: 1. I enjoy performing, because it's my passion! 2. Performing in Washington's Got Talent means a huge opportunity for me. 3. I see myself doing something in music.
Jake “Staysicc” Swanson and Josh “JB Grizz” Bayer: 1. Performing is the best part of an entertainment career because it's a way to get an immediate reaction from the public as to if you fail completely or succeed as hoped. It's you pouring your energy and emotions into a group of people who hopefully throw it right back. 2. It means a start, a way to show people it's more than a hobby and a reason to take us, as an act, more seriously. 3. Ten years older, not that much wiser, but a lot happier and wealthier
Julia Bodnar: 1. I really enjoy dancing and I love to be on stage. 2. I am glad to perform in something that benefits the youth/teens of Washington County. 3. I hope to be pursuing a career in dance.
Nicole Klein: 1. Performing and competing has always just been really fun for me. I have been performing since I was 3, so I've only done it like all my life. Even though I have done this awhile I still get a little nervous so my favorite part is when I'm out of stage and almost done performing. 2. It means a lot. I think this really cool to go on to anther competition like this. 3. In 10 years I will hopefully be finishing up college to become a vet. If not I will definitely end up with job in the science field.
Lauren Ragland: 1. I love to perform because I love the exhilaration of being on stage and the chance to inspire others to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. 2. It's an honor to be selected as a finalist because it is a chance to show people my talent and to support teen outreach and their cause. 3. In 10 years, I see myself hopefully working toward a doctorate in science and doing whatever I can to help people.
Madison Mock: 1. Because you get to be with your friends. You get to entertain people. I love the costumes. I love being able to dance on stage! 2. I am honored to be performing at Washington's Got Talent to help support a great organization and program. 3. Athletic trainer/dancer.
Talia Welsh: 1. I enjoy performing because I love to be on the stage and sharing my talents. 2. I am honored to be performing in Washington's Got Talent because it supports Teen Outreach, which is a great program. 3. I possibly see myself in college and working toward a career.
Rockin Tacos – Nick Staso: 1. I like the feeling I get when I see the audience enjoying our performance. It's indescribable. 2. It means the world is me because it's giving our group the opportunity to showcase our talent in front of a wide range of people. 3. I see myself hopefully being an actor in films.
Rockin Tacos – Jeremy Shellhammer: 1. I enjoy performing because I love music and enjoy pleasing the audience. 2. It's an honor to perform in such a large venue to benefit a very good cause. 3. I can see myself playing college basketball and earning my law degree.
Rockin Tacos – Joshua Colletti: 1. I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing how our music affects the audience. 2. It's an honor since I'm one of many that have been selected to perform for WGT. 3. I see myself being a college baseball player and playing at performances with my band
Rockin Tacos – Marcus Cimino: 1. I enjoy performing because the feeling I get when I'm having fun on stage and everyone is clapping. 2. It means a lot because we help teenage parents who are in need, and I've never played in front of so many people. 3. I see myself making a lot of money and having a good job and a wife, family, and kids.
Sitting Pretty – Saffron Crowe: 1. I don't perform in front of people because I'm shy, but when I'm done performing I feel good and I have more confidence. 2. Performing in WGT means everything to me. I've never been in a talent show so this is really exciting. 3. In 10 years I see myself working on my singing career trying to make something out of it.
Sitting Pretty – Siarra Demichele: 1. I enjoy performing because I am able to express myself in a way I can't explain. 2. To perform in Washington's Got Talent means I am able to represent my school. I hope I can make them proud. 3. I don't have a plan for myself in 10 years. I hope that I'm wiser and have a steady career.
Sitting Pretty – Jahlea Oakley: 1. I enjoy performing because when I sing it makes me feel good. 2. Performing in Washington's Got Talent means I'm one step closer to completing my goal. And to present a great performance for my school. 3. I'm not sure where I see myself in 10 years.
Sitting Pretty – Jahlea Oakley: 1. I enjoy performing because when I sing it makes me feel good. 2. Performing in Washington’s Got Talent means I’m one step closer to completing my goal. And to present a great performance for my school. 3. I’m not sure where I see myself in 10 years.