The courage to share their God-given gifts

On February 2 in a small Pennsylvania town, the mid-point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox is annually celebrated in a joyous, albeit peculiar custom. Auspiciously, Punxsutawney, PA. is best known for a member of the squirrel family known simply as Phil. This prized groundhog rivals his fellow historical prognosticator, Nostradamus, as he attempts each year to predict the conclusion of winter. Although his track record is less than impressive, the pageantry of this event is a sight to behold.

Although it isn’t as well publicized, another event last week might rival the entertainment value of the phenomenon that is Punxsutawney Phil. This special event, the St. Agnes Talent Show, offers our community a vaudevillian style of stage entertainment consisting of various acts of singing, dancing, poetry, gymnastics, piano playing and even a bit of comedic shtick. It is the perfect blend of great talent and endearing entertainment that guarantees to place a perpetual smile upon the face of all in attendance.

As I reflect on the value of such an event, I know that one of the most captivating aspects of the evening is the charismatic confidence that our young BEARS exhibit as they perform on the Activity Center stage. As the “Papa Bear” to the thirty-four student performers and the four-member emcee/stage crew, I couldn’t have been prouder. To put this number into context, nearly 20% of our student body offered their God given gifts as a means in which to share the Light of Christ with others. With such a high percentage of student involvement, it certainly suggests that being part of St. Agnes brings out the best in our young people – in all areas of school life.

I would like to congratulate the following students for boldly and bravely performing as the cast of the 2019 Student Talent Show:

Angel Butler: “Let It Go” (Song); Charlie Squires and Bailey Fitzgerald: “Say Yes” (Song); Chelsea Young and Kylie Barnes: “Under the Sea (Dance/Song); Morgan Hendricks: “When You Look at Me” (Poem); Josh Rowe: Fortnite Dance Routine; Virginia, Genevieve and Julia Joyce: “Radioactive” (Song); Eddie Cabrera: Gymnastic Cartwheels; Trissy Sauner: “I see the Light” (Song); Devyn Johnson, Darian Nance, Sofia Carranza, Clementine and Clare Smith: Birds of a Feather (Song /Dance); Emianna Boland: “Butterfly” (Song); Ramona Young and Kaylyn Barnes: “Party in the USA” (Dance); Zoe Johnson: Gymnastics; Julia Joyce and Isabella Woodward: “Shout to the Lord” (Song); Danae Brooks, Lanaii Stewart and Sharde Robinson: “Louie's Life” (Dance); Amelia Caquelin and Virginia Joyce: “Say Something” (Song); Ayanna and Amani Thomas: “Joy” (Dance); Jocara and Jordan Knight: “Say Yes – Part Two” (Song); Danae Brooks and Kennedy Sharp: “Hey Girl” (Song); Jocara Knight: “We Must Praise” (Song); Kiva Mruk and Genevieve Joyce: “Rock around the Clock” (Dance); Ryan Paradela: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Piano); Madison Paradela: “Who Says” (Song); Ceci Liberto, Sophia McCaul, Seamus Smith and Ryan Wilson (Emcees and Stage Crew).

I also want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the amazing leadership of Dan Baker, Mary Sites, Katie White and Julie Williams for organizing such a special and memorable event.

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