Team Moody presents its: ‘Stars of Tomorrow’

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  • By Senior Airman Leticia Hopkins
  • 23rd Wing Public Affairs
The 23rd Services Squadron Family Member Programs Flight hosted its ninth annual Air Force Family and Teen Talent Show at the Hoffman Base Theater Nov.3 showcasing Moody's "Stars of Tomorrow." 

Eleven children and teen acts from Team Moody took the stage, performing a variety of song and dance. Participants included children from the Youth Center, Child Development Center, pre-kindergarten classes, family childcare and Moody's community. 

The talent show is an Air Force event part of the Nell Buckley Performing Arts Series, said Christine Parkis, 23rd SVS Family Member Programs Flight community programmer. The first place winners in each of the categories will have their performance videotaped and forwarded to compete at the Air Force level. The first place winner at the Air Force level will also win a savings bond. 

The program's opening act was Luke Evans who sang the "Star Spangled Banner." Evans was the winner of the 3-to 5-year-old solo vocal category. 

The Family Childcare group then sang the "Itsy Bitsy Spider." The CDC's Room 11 sang the "Number Rock," while the pre-kindergarten classes one and two followed them with the "Three Pigs' Blues." 

Winners of the 9- to 12-year-old group vocal category - Jayla Lowe, Katelynn Barnes, Madison Berard, Emily Berard, Kiana Johnson and Alexia Bruce - sang to "Cinderella."
Madison Furnner, Samauria Pace and Alexis Rhone, winning the 9- to 12-year-old group dance category, followed with a dance routine to "Girl Next Door." 

The next winning act was a dance routine to "Survivor," by Amari Evans, Bailey Wingate and Antwonia Copeland, who took the 13- to 15-year-old group dance category. 

Darren Scott along with Zach and Gabe Nebers, won the 6- to 8-year-old group dance category, danced to "Chain Hang Low" and were later joined on stage by other participants to finish their act. 

After all the dancing, Marisella Vela, Sydney Wade and Tiffany Middaugh - winners of the 13- to 15-year-old group vocal category - sang "America the Beautiful." 

The final dance was a hula routine by Juliana Cruz, who won the 9- to 12-year-old solo dance category. Zachary Wells, who won the 9- to 12-year-old solo vocal category, gave the final performance singing "God Bless the USA." Toward the end of Zachary's performance, he had the audience stand and sing with him. 

After all the performances were complete, Maj. Roy Frierson handed out certificates of participation to each individual, excluding the school groups who received their certificates Monday from their teachers. 

The Air Force Family and Teen Talent Program is intended to reinforce and encourage creative expression, develop meaningful relationships with peers and adults, provide youths with a better appreciation of the performing arts and recognize the most talented individuals in the Air Force family, said Nikki Bennett, 23rd SVS Family Member 
Programs Flight training and curriculum specialist. 

"It's (an opportunity for) parent involvement, and a chance for the kids to showcase their talents," she added. 

The children's creative expressions added to the show's success, agreed Dawn Coleman, 23rd SVS Family Member Programs flight chief. 

"I thought the program was an overwhelming success," she said. "It had a great diversity of talent and the largest number of youth, collectively, participating since we've had the show at Moody."