Payson High School held its annual talent show on January 21st. After first period, students assembled in the auditorium waiting eagerly to see the amazing talents of their peers. Senior student council members opened the assembly by introducing the judges with comedic backgrounds. Judging the talent show were Mrs. Christensen, Mrs. McMurdie, Mr. Sisneros, and Mr. Nielson.
Opening the show was the Moon Outlets, a cover band, followed by many singers, including Noelle Younger, Myra Vincent, Madi Carter, Sean Mortensen, Carter Behrend, David Charles, Thomas Vilburn and Colin Vincent. Along with singing, a few of these students beatboxed and played instruments, such as ukelele, piano, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar. Some of the other talents included saxophone from Justin Kennedy, clogging from the Foothill Cloggers, and impressions by Steven Johnson.
While the judges tallied the scores, a few special guests performed for the audience. Mr. Wright sang a song from the musical Les Miserables while Katie Losee played the piano. Third place winner from the previous talent show, The Mistakes, played an original song. Second place winner from last year’s talent show, Jacob and Maya Sorenson, sang and played guitar. First place winner from the 2019 talent show, Hannah Bibler, sang the song Hallelujah. Special guest stars Josh Raff and Spencer Bennett, from the junior student council, gave the audience a great laugh with their song about the Titanic.
After the votes were counted, the winners were announced. Taking third place was Annika Faux, who sang an original from Phantom of the Opera. She amazed the audience with her range of voice and opera singing. Because of the audience’s reaction, Annika was awarded ten dollars for placing.
The second-place winners were Sydney and Katelyn Lane. After their first performance at the fine arts assembly, many were excited to see what they’d bring to the table this time. These twin sisters sang a duet to You Love Who You Love by Bonnie and Clyde. They won twenty-five dollars for their ability to work together in harmony.
Taking first place at Payson High’s 2020 talent show was Josh Hepworth. Josh cracked up the audience with his stand-up comedy act. He used his confidence to his advantage and got the audience to laugh at his many jokes, including jokes about himself. The crowd gave Josh a standing ovation, leading to his victory. Everyone who performed did an outstanding job and amazed their peers with their many abilities. Payson High is filled with extremely talented students and we are glad we got to see so many of them at the talent show this year!