Students, faculty, family and friends of the International College of the Cayman Islands showcased their talents to a packed house at Margaritaville in an evening filled with song, dance and poetry to celebrate the end of the fall quarter.
Performing for the first time in public, broadcasting management student Erlin Scott became a crowd favourite when he performed three rap songs, which he had composed.
“This event was a stepping stone for me personally,” said Mr. Scott. “I would definitely love to continue and do more shows, especially if it is to raise funds for local athletes or another good cause.”
Inspired by the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, the inaugural ICCI’s Got Talent competition was designed to bring students, faculty and their loved ones together for a bit of lighthearted entertainment, said director of student services Anita Fausett-Khan.
“Most of our students are working during the day, going to school at night and studying every free moment that they can squeeze in, and that type of schedule can get pretty gruelling,” said Ms Fausett-Khan. “This event was designed to take a night off, enjoy ourselves and do a little bonding. We had a huge crowd and I already have students and faculty asking me when we are going to put on the next ICCI talent competition. And I suspect that many people who were in the audience last weekend will get up the courage to be on the stage for the next competition.”
While the competition was tough, Kevin Creary – who captivated the audience with dub poetry – took first place, winning a BlackBerry Gemini. Mikhail Campbell won second place with his rap song 11.59 and took home a Nokia 5530 phone. Both prizes were sponsored by Digicel, and Margaritaville donated the venue.
The audience cheered on the participants throughout the evening, giving some performers who were dealing with a bit of stage fright a standing ovation, said Gary Hendricks-Dominguez, student activities committee member and business administration student.
“After the winners were announced, everyone dashed to the dance floor and danced the night away, celebrating both the event and the freedom of fall break,” said Mr. Dominquez. “The committee is extremely thrilled at the success of the ICCI’s Got Talent event. It was a pleasure to see our hard work come to fruition and the camaraderie of our fellow students bonding in a setting outside of books and lectures. We are eager to begin working on our plans for the next event.”