Interact Talent Show

Alexa Yuen, College Page Editor

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The arrival of spring is an exciting time, but for Interact Club members, the fresh air and warm weather is not the only thing they are looking forward to. The reason why? Every April, Interact Club holds their annual talent show.
This show is not only an opportunity for Warwick students to showcase their amazing talents, but it is also the major source of fundraising for the various projects and donations the club is involved in throughout the year. Over the 12 years the club has held the show, performers have included solo singers and musicians, bands, ballet, irish step, salsa dancers, hip hop dance groups, poets, magicians, and even hula hoopers. Katie Wixtrom, a sophomore who performed in last year’s show, spoke about her experience, “ I played the ukulele and sang a song I had written a few months before. It was cool to participate in because my brother’s band had played a few years before, and in a sense I was carrying on the ‘tradition’. I would tell anyone interested in it to go for it! It was a little scary but honestly the nerves kick when you start jamming to a song that you just love so much you want to share with your friends.”
Being an integral part of making the show happen is sometimes what draws club members in to Interact. However, the club does much more than hold a talent show. Interact is a community service oriented club, modeled after and sponsored by the local Warwick Rotary Club. The club aims to be active in the community and follows the motto, “Service Above Self”. The club also helps students develop leadership skills and connect with leaders in the community through the many service events and opportunities they get involved in. Members are encouraged to share any ideas they may have and even organize and lead their own community service project. President of Interact, senior, Austin Hays, is a perfect example of how one member’s idea could impact the entire club and community. Austin started “Scare Away Hunger”, a fundraiser at the Shoprite of Warwick on Halloween, where club members dress in costume to collect monetary and food donations for the food pantry. When asked about his experience in the club he stated, “In the last two years, I have had the experience to not only serve with but lead a group of dedicated, talented, and passionate students in the Interact Club. When I found out that our local food pantry requires $75,000 a year to operate, the idea came to me and we were able to raise $800, which was surpassed the second year we held the fundraiser.”
Since there is such an emphasis on leadership within the club, the talent show is run completely by the club members, with the officers hosting the show

as emcees and the rest of the members manning concessions and ticket sales. Mrs. Fogler, the club advisor, organizes auditions and helps manage the acts offstage. When asked about the show she stated, “The talent show is my favorite part of the year. I love how the students and audience are so supportive to the students on the stage no matter what group they’re from.”
In previous years, the talent show has consistently raised over $4,000 for Interact. The majority of these funds are saved for use in the upcoming school year. The money often helps buy the perishable food items for the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives, is donated to the local Rotary club towards a service project, and helps fund any international projects or donations the club supports.
This year, there is an abundance of talented and creative students in the line-up. For some students, this will be their first year performing in the annual show, while others are already seasoned veterans coming back for their fourth and final time. Eliana Ulloa performed in last year’s show as a junior and will be returning for her second year in the show as a senior. When asked about her experience she stated, “I sang and played piano – a song called “Pas de Deux,” which tells the story of a girl and her struggle with an abusive relationship. Performing last year was one of the best times I’ve had in my two years at this school. It was the first time I’ve sung solo as Eliana (not a character in a show) in high school. Being one of the acts that was quieter and slower than the rest, it was interesting to share this story and have an intimate moment with a packed auditorium. I got a huge confidence boost in my ability as a performer that night from the overwhelmingly nice response I got from people who were in the audience.”
Interact club advisor, Mrs. Jeanine Fogler.

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