In this short video, St. Joe's fourth-grader Andres Mateos demonstrates the use of a Bo, a martial arts weapon from Korea.
Andres was one of many talented youths from Genesee County competing in the "Make Some Noise Area-Wide Talent Show" at Notre Dame High School last night.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Western New York chapter of "Make Noise 4 Kids," a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Here are some of the other performers:
Natalie Matuszak (Notre Dame) singing and playing the guitar for "I Wouldn't Mind" by He is We.
Nathan Beck (Notre Dame) singing and playing the original song "Can't Wait."
Kathryn Fitzpatrick (John Kennedy School) singing a cappella "Wizard and I" (from the Broadway musical "Wicked").
Matuszak and Gabrielle Linsey (Notre Dame) dancing to Rihanna's "Right Now."
Peter Kehl (Notre Dame) singing "Bring Him Home" from "Les Miserables" (dressed as Jean Valjean).
Laura Guiste (Batavia High School) singing "Love Story" by Taylor Swift.
Jon Korzelius, Tyler Hamm and Tristan Korzelius (all from Oakfield-Alabama) performing "The Pit and the Pendulum," a rock medley of original and popular rock songs.
Hailey Natalizia (Pembroke) singing "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Martina McBride.
Due to some technical difficulties, I was unable to take pictures of all the performers. My apologies and congratulations on a job well done to the following:
Keara Zerillo, Erin Phillips and Serena Strollo-DiCenso (St. Joseph School), who sang "Wings" by Little Mix.
Kyle Kendall (John Kennedy School), who performed a ball spinning act.
Fiona Beck (St. Joseph School), who sang and played "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones.
Jake Krajewski, Tyler Barrett, Peter Kehl, Janelle Fancher and Lydia Moens (Notre Dame), who performed a short play called "The Legend of Krately House."
Tyler Hamm and Jon Korzelius (Oakfield-Alabama), who performed a drum duet.
Tracy Read and Beth Johnson-Walsh (Oakfield-Alabama), who sang and played the piano for "Hometown Glory" by Adele.
The winners of the contest were, left to right, Beck (first place), Cheverie (honorable mention), Phillips, Strollo-DiCenso and Zerillo (honorable mention), Kehl (third place), Korzelius and Hamm (second place) and Natalizia (pictured separately).
So as to fit them all in clearly, here is a picture from the other side:
Natalizia was happy to be another honorable mention.
As first prize winner, Beck was awarded $150. He donated his entire winnings to "Make Noise 4 Kids."