Where are the American Idol talent scouts when you need them? Parents and children alike converged on the Williams Recreation Center to watch a number of Williams youth show off their skills during the center's annual talent show. Refreshments and snacks greeted those who came out for the show, as did a dazzling array of talent that ranged from flute playing to hula hoops and even included a comedy sketch complete with crumpled paper covered in notes and a straight man.
Summer recreation teacher Patti Jackson spoke about respect to the performers prior to the show.
"The kids have been working really, really hard," Jackson told the youth in the summer recreation program. "The name of the game is respect to others today. We have people that have worked very hard and I need all of you to be very respectful and a polite audience. Positive comments only, just like you always do."
A total of nine different acts took part in the July 17 talent show, Jackson said.
"Some of them are five person acts. We have 17 kids," she said.
"We've been practicing for days in the skate park mostly," Jackson said. "They brought their own music. Some of them did their own choreography and some of them just threw together some stuff at the last minute, some actually had a talent like a flute or clarinet, one taught himself how to play electric guitar."
Each talent show participant is part of the Williams Summer Recreation program, the program is offered to all children in the community between the ages of 6-16-years-old Monday through Friday. Children enrolled in summer rec participate in field trips, swimming, crafts and other activities, including the recent talent show. This is Jackson's seventh year with the popular program.
"We have a major blast," Jackson said.
The DCs, or the Dancing Chicks, are a five member dancing group who worked hard on their choreographed number. A number of the performers have danced publicly in the past - to the music of Hannah Montana. They chose something different for their recent exhibition, however.
"We're doing a dance to the song, 'Music Makes Me Lose Control,'" said dancer Danielle Moshos.
Members of the group said they chose music that went the best with their choreographed dance routine.
"It's full of energy," said dancer Elly Heiser.
Members of the DCs are Chanell MacRae, Sam Moshos, Jamie Donavan, Danielle Moshos and Elly Heiser.
Winners for the talent show included Chris O'Brien in first place, the DCs in second place and the Cheetah Girls in third place. Members of the Cheetah Girls include Klarissa Howe, Kodie Hollaman and Kiana Solano. Honorable mentions were made to Autumn McDougall, Taylor Crowder, Alaina Karlsberger, Noe Ayala Lugo, Mario Pedrazza and Diego Salazar.