CSAA recognizes talent from area schools

REED CITY — Sports are a big part of every school year, from football in the fall to soccer in the spring. Athletes play hard with the hopes of getting a Central State Activities Association title for their school.

The CSAA has an annual competition for students in ninth through 12th grade to represent their schools through creativity. The CSAA Talent Revue included 10 schools, and each school held an audition to choose two performance acts that would compete in the final audition. At this final audition, which was hosted by Morley Stanwood High School, a panel of judges watched a total of 19 acts, choosing 10 to continue on to make the tour. These students then joined together to take the Talent Revue to all of those schools during a three-day period. Reed City High School had the honor of having both of their talented acts chosen.

During last year’s tour, a group called The Bleeding Frogs were a big hit with their comical music performance. All three members couldn’t get together this year so high school junior Matt McGahey joined up with friend and fellow junior Abe Angious.

“We call ourselves Irish Wristwatch because I’m Irish, and well, Abe keeps time," McGahey explained to the crowds.

Their drumming routine included rotating between a variety of drums, flying confetti and a bit of comedy, like a modern day Abbott and Costello skit set to music.

Also returning this year on the tour was a group of dancers. Senior Tristin Hartley and juniors, Madilyn Allen, Natalie Baughan and Alison Schermerhorn have been dancing for many years together outside of school and also have been members of the RCHS Dance Team for the last several years.

The girls said they put in numerous hours every week throughout the entire school year. Practices don’t just consist of dancing, but also intense exercising to build core strength. Just like any sports team, they learn to work with each other to learn a number of choreographed routines. During the competition, they performed a very upbeat routine to a remixed version of "Summertime Sadness," consisting of dance skills, and an energizing attitude as they preformed multiple leaps and turns.

The tour not only allowed the students to step outside their comfort zone and perform for a crowd other than their own peers, it also created friendships. This year the tour included three exchange students. Ingrid Norberg, who is attending Central Montcalm from Sweden, said to her fellow tour members at the last performance, “Thank you so much for giving me one of the best experiences during my stay here in America."

In addition to the tour, the CSAA recognized students that excelled in the visual arts. Schools brought many pieces of art to the final auditions where students were given awards of All Conference. Receiving the awards from RCHS included senior Bree Guiles for an ink drawing and senior Logan Jones for ceramics.