By RICHARD SISSON
The hunt was on. Tech students came out to display their
finest talents in front of a delighted crowd Tuesday night.
Union Board hosted “Welcome to the Jungle: A Hunt for
Tech’s Talent” in the main floor of the Student Center. The show featured 11
acts and door prizes for those students lucky enough to have their program
Lauren Brown, Talent Show coordinator and a junior speech
communication major, was impressed with the amount of people who showed up at the
“Turnout was probably one of the biggest I’ve seen at
Tech,” Brown said. “All of the contestants were really good and they kept the
crowd interested. We wanted to showcase some of the talent Tech has.”
Some of the talent on display came in the form of Edmond
Van Zandt’s poppin‘-and-lockin‘ routine. Van Zandt,
a sophomore mechanical engineering major, was confident in his performance.
“I got talent and I want to show the world what I can
do,” Van Zandt said.
Van Zandt has been honing his skills since his freshman
year in high school.
“I used to do it all the time in high school,” he said.
“The group I was with, they put me on and I started practicing and I got
better. Other than basketball it was my only free time thing to do and it was
very creative. It kept me out of trouble.”
Van Zandt finished in third in the competition. Anna
Gleason, a graduate student of accounting, won second place with her acoustic
rendition of T-Pain’s “I’m in Love with a Stripper.” Full House, consisting of
Clint Nesmith, a sophomore computer science major; Nicholas McGrew, a senior
mechanical engineering major; Jonah Ukpai, a
sophomore electrical engineering major; Marquise Brown, a visiting student; and
Justin Easter, a freshman psychology major, won first place with their Motown
Tony Messina, a freshman music
major, wowed the crowd with his country repertoire.
“I’m a country boy. Some people were meant to sing
country and some people were meant to sing rock. I was meant to sing country,”
Messina, whose clarion voice kept the audience completely
captivated, had one artist in mind as his inspiration.
“George Strait. We’ve both got that smooth country
sound,” he said.
Jason White, a senior sociology major, wrote an original
song for the Talent Show.
“The song I’m doing tonight is just feel-good stuff. Most
of the time it’s deeply emotional,” White said. “You just feel it, in my
opinion. I don’t know if you could classify it as anything, you just feel it.”
Each of the contestants kept the crowd entertained and
elated throughout the course of the two-hour hunt for talent.