West Shore shines in talent show

The Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard recently played host to its sixth annual “Brevard’s Got Music Talent” event, and West Shore students stole the spotlight. The competition showcases the most talented young performers of Brevard in a single show.

“The talent was unrealistic,” senior Melani Richardson said. “I didn’t think I was going to be a finalist, especially considering all the talent at the event.”

The showcase featured a variety of talents including singers, pianists, stringed instrument players and more.

“I sang ‘Caro Mio Ben’ and ‘On My Own’ from the musical, ‘Les Miserables,’” sophomore Emily Browne said. “ I worked on these songs for over two months with my voice teacher.”

“What was remarkable about the event was not only the talent of all the participants,” said Mike Leonard, the father of freshman Andrew Leonard “but the fact that five of the 12 finalists were West Shore students.”

The winners were Leonard, Richardson, sophomore Emily Browne, freshman Yoosang Park and seventh-grader Julia Z.

“It was so exciting to be one of 12 finalists,” Browne said, “I initially entered just for the fun of it, but the outcome was so much greater.”