Showing Off Valhalla’s Talent


East Hall High School has much talent, and, at the second annual Valhalla’s Got Talent this past Thursday 30th in the Performing Arts Center, many students got to show off what they can do in front of a live audience and a panel of three judges. This event was held and organized by the Valhalla Vision Theater Group.


“Honestly, I love going up in front of people and doing anything pretty much. I did what I could and put myself out there so I felt great about it.”


Faila Kisebwe rapping an original song.

That is what Faila Kisebwe had to say about performing her rap and dancing in Valhalla’s Got Talent. This year, there were 13 acts in the talent show with most performances featuring singers, but there was also a rapper and dancer. The participants performed in front of three judges made of East Hall’s very own band director Mr. Youngman, chorus teacher Mrs. Riley, and english teacher Mrs. Carter. The judges gave points to each act based on how they did and gave them tips after their performance to help them improve their talents. Each participant was hoping to win first place and the grand prize of $50 as well as be recognized for their talents.

The participants included Faila Kisebwe, Roy Abrams, Asya Scott, Destiny Ellison, Rachel Bonilla, Abigail Ivey, Allie Ladd, Madison Faulkner, Maura Ostrander, Holly Wade, and Miguel Mondragon. While they were very nervous, they were all very excited to perform in front of the audience and judges. Rachel Bonilla, junior, also performed with Maura and Madison, both juniors, and sang Somebody’s Eyes, a song they will be singing in the play Footloose. She said,


“For the show we have choreography for this song, so now we get to just have fun and get to talk to the audience and do whatever we want with the song so I think that’s why we took this opportunity.”


Maura Ostrander singing during her performance.

This year’s VGT winner was junior Maura Ostrander who sang Funny girl from the musical Funny Girl. In second place came Faila Kisebwe with her own rap and interpretive dance, and in third was Roy Abrams and Destiny Ellison singing Best Part by Daniel Caesar. When speaking of her performance and win, Maura said,

“I’m really grateful that I won, it still doesn’t feel real but it really did make me feel good about my abilities for the first time in a long time.”


The participants were met by an audience who cheered and clapped for every performer. Though turnout was less than expected, the East Hall community still came out to support these students and were amazed by what they saw. Audience member Brady Portillo, junior, said,


“I really liked the energy that all the acts had and the commitment they had to this. I really enjoyed it and would like to see this continuing.”


All acts this year were amazing and are recognized for their talents. For now, this Valhalla tradition will continue throughout the years and will be able to showcase East Hall’s talented students.