Talent Show Attracts Diverse Performances

Tessa Garnet, a former Shelby student and current music coach at the school, participated in the “Payson’s Got Talent” competition

Tessa Garnet, a former Shelby student and current music coach at the school, participated in the “Payson’s Got Talent” competition

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Payson High School’s Drama Department recently hosted a highly entertaining and successful talent show, “Payson’s Got Talent.”

Hosted by local music guru DJ Craig, kids and adults sang songs and presented original acts to the community on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the PHS Auditorium.

The winner’s list:

In the kindergarten through eighth grade category, first place went to Tristan Pruett and Hayden Stroud for singing “Grenade,” by Bruno Mars.

Second place went to Sheldon and Braydon Lewis playing guitars and singing a song by Three Days Grace.

The third place spot was filled by two girls from the Dynamite Dance and Gymnastics, tap dancing to “Fabulous Feet,” from the musical “The Tap Dance Kid,” music by Henry Krieger lyrics by Robert Lorick. (The girls did not provide names. They wanted to be billed as Dynamite Dance and Gymnastics.)

In the high school age category, first place went to Ashley Lewis singing “Set Fire To The Rain,” by Adele.

Second place went to Katie Jones singing “God Bless The Broken Road,” a song originally written by Marcus Hummon but re-recorded by many country artists including Carrie Underwood.

Third place went to Jennifer Bailey playing an original composition on the piano.

In the adult category, first place went to Sabrina Brahm and Melissa Mollohan singing “In His Eyes” from the Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde.”

Second place went to Tessa Garnet playing the guitar and singing an original song.

In third place, Janea Jordan sang “American Honey,” by Lady Antebellum.

From the little charter school in Tonto Village, the Shelby School, two performers came out of the woods to compete.

Jesse Keahey, a ninth-grader, rapped to his very own original song entitled “Friendship.”

Tessa Garnet, a former Shelby student and current music coach at the school, played the guitar and sang her composition called “Have You Ever?” .

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