College of DuPage hosts fourth annual student talent competition

  • College of DuPage student Myles Henderson, a first-year music major from Woodridge, accepts the first-place award for his vocal and piano improvisation at "COD's Got Talent" April 26 at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

    College of DuPage student Myles Henderson, a first-year music major from Woodridge, accepts the first-place award for his vocal and piano improvisation at "COD's Got Talent" April 26 at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. Courtesy of College of DuPage

  • Lydia Walquist of Lisle won second place in the "COD's Got Talent" event for her performance of "Fantasie" by Gabriel Faure.

    Lydia Walquist of Lisle won second place in the "COD's Got Talent" event for her performance of "Fantasie" by Gabriel Faure. Courtesy of College of DuPage

  • Nekia Nicole Pearson's performance of "I Know Where I've Been" from the "Hairspray" musical earns her the third-place award at the "COD's Got Talent" event.

    Nekia Nicole Pearson's performance of "I Know Where I've Been" from the "Hairspray" musical earns her the third-place award at the "COD's Got Talent" event. Courtesy of College of DuPage

 
Submitted by COD News Bureau

On April 26, the College of DuPage hosted "COD's Got Talent," the fourth annual student talent show competition at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

The first-place award went to student Myles Henderson, a first-year music major from Woodridge, for his vocal and piano improvisation.

The second-place award went to flautist Lydia Walquist of Lisle for her performance of "Fantasie" by Gabriel Faure.

Nekia Nicole Pearson of Waukegan took third place for her vocal performance of "I Know Where I've Been" by Marc Shaiman.

Winners were selected based on a variety of factors, including choice of selection, presentation, talent and skill, enthusiasm, presentation and audience participation.

Additional performances included Amira Abuargoub (Glendale Heights) singing "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse; Janelle Hammond (Naperville) singing "Shallow" from the film "A Star is Born;" Paige Kalantzis (Naperville) singing "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley; Christian Sanchez (Wheaton) performing his original song "Recursion" on multiple instruments using live looping; John "Tryggy" Trygstad (Naperville) playing piano and singing "Death of a Bachelor" by Panic! At the Disco; Ashley Turner (West Chicago) singing "Don't Know Why" by Jesse Harris; and Alex Vidales (Glendale Heights) with a vocal percussion performance.

Opening with a performance by Michael McInerny, last year's first place winner, the event also included a performance by the student-run COD Gospel Choir featuring members Lorenzo Barbin, Robert Guthrie Jr., Jana Hames, Myles Henderson, Donnea Jackson, Miray McElroy, De'Janae Morris, Morgan Mott, Regente Myers, Sunny Salman and Alex Vidales.

To see more photos from the student talent show, go to the COD Newsroom page on Flickr.com.