Driver Middle School held its annual Talent Show March 31 in Aitchison Auditorium amid the cheers and support of a very involved and interactive audience.
The event featured an exceptional array of student performances and was coordinated by the DMS student council and faculty advisors Michelle Cappelletti and Shannon Femano. Serving as Masters of Ceremonies for this unique and entertaining evening were DMS students Ally Burrows, Rebekah Mullins, Nellie Ramsde, and Brianna Szczech. Instrumental music teacher Carmen Costa, principal Michael Dardais, assistant principal Kayla Hill and math teacher Bill Manchiocchi were the judges. Dardaris also served as sound technician while Maureen Henesey, occupational therapist, and Kristin Peenstra, vocal music teacher, were the musical assistants. Students Bobby Meyers and Peter Rao were the lighting technicians.
Proceeds from the DMS Talent Show will be used to benefit the Driver Middle School Courtyard Project.
The program included an outstanding variety of performances ranging from vocal solos to Irish step dancing to ballet to country, rock and jazz music. Technology teacher Mark Hagan brought a bit of humor to the night as he performed a series of creative basketball maneuvers with his dog Petey.
The DMS Talent Show concluded with a stirring performance by the Driver Middle School Jazz Ensemble conducted by Audrey Turner and the announcement of the DMS Talent Show winners: Instrumental/Sean King and Neil Minet; Dance/Shannon White, Keelyn Kelly, Claire Hammerschmidt and Mikaela Scanlon; Vocal/Matt Gooden; Vocal and Instrumental/Joe Thompson; and Overall/ Noah Schoeneck, Mike Abbott and Nate Long.