Scholars/Honors students featured in talent show

Dancing, singing, music, comedy and magic will be featured at the first Youngstown State University Scholars and Honors Talent Show, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Chestnut Room in Kilcawley Center.

Admission is $3 with all proceeds going toward the American Cancer Society Honors and Scholars Relay for Life team.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Honors Office or at the door the night of the event.

“I believe this student-run event will develop into one of our lasting traditions,” said Amy Cossentino, assistant director. “I don’t think we could have selected a better year to launch this type of an endeavor. The students were eager to perform and compete and were equally passionate about organizing the event.”

First-year University Scholars Alana Lesnansky and Kayla Zitello, both graduates of Boardman High School, seized the idea when Cossentino asked about their interest in taking the lead to develop the talent show. Both students worked over the winter break to secure the acts for the evening.

Greg Lanning, co-founder of GD Effects, actor, make-up and special effects artist, Christine Novicky, a YSU alumna, pharmacist, and singer, and Bob McGovern, University Scholar alumnus, forecaster at First Energy, and upright bass player, will be the judges for the competitive acts.

The performers and titles of the acts are:

Dominic DeLaurentis, “Estampes” (Piano).

Caitlin Beckett, Alana Lesnansky, Scott Miller, Jonathan Pohl, “Love Won’t Let You Get Away” (Sing/Dance).

Bradley Dubos and Frank George, “The Scholarly News at 11” (Comedy).

Mark Stanford (Interpretative Dance).

Jarrett Scacchetti, “Hipster Piano” (Comedic Piano).

Rebecca VanVoorhis, “Give Me Love” (Contemporary).

Jordan McNeil, “Distance” (Sing).

Laura Tinkler, “Fly Me To The Moon” (Jazz).

Megan Chambers, “Lose Yourself” (Rap).

Mary Smrek, “Glimmer of Hope” (Original Piano Composition).

Pat Hobby, “My Thing Is…” (Stand-Up).

Claudia Gage, Celeste Marshall, “Popular” (Musical Theater).

Victoria Ferry, “When It Rains” (Sing/Piano).

Jordan Edgell, Ashley Smith, “Evacuate the Dance Floor”  (Hip-Hop).

Erik DelBene (Magic).

Kayla Boye, ”Spanish Rose” (Musical Theater).