THON Talent Show features children of all ages | TUNA News

Each year, one of the biggest parts of THON is the Kid’s and Teen’s Talent Show.

A tradition – usually held on THON Saturday weekend – there was a variety of talent this year, including singers, dancers and more.

With THON online this year, many pre-recorded videos were used during the talent show, but it didn’t disappoint.

The show started with videos of kids dancing to “Dance Monkey” by Tones and Me. There were even children dancing with glow sticks.

Then a little girl named Sarah shared her talent, dancing with a stick in a blue dress. She also rolled the stick behind her back.

After that, there was sister and brother duo Devin and Trevor, who danced and sang along to “BANG!” by AJR.

Next, Aubrey Evans tap-danced to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

Connor Rowan had a fantastic performance of some popular Fortnite dances.

Following this, Christian and Levi had a realistic Star Wars lightsaber battle that also included background music. They included some spinning moves and even used strength.

Elizabeth played “Row Row Row Your Boat” on the piano and Mckenna Reed sang a good cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” with live guitar accompaniment.

Elliana Rodenhauser also performed a dance with an entire candy store in the background of Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey.”

Then there was gymnastics, more piano and more dancing from the kids. Parents – and even the family dogs – have watched the children play in these pre-recorded videos.

After the kids’ performance, the talent show moved on to the teens, where the Penn State and THON-affiliated judges participated in a live Zoom chat to talk about the performances. The judges were Family Relations member Luke Malton, Penn State lacrosse alumni Grant Ament and Lyra Stubbs, a senior and 2020 Miss Pennsylvania USA.

All the performances were a success.

Adeline, 14, started the teen section by covering Zach Sobiech’s “Clouds,” which was followed by a Zumba performance by Carly Wilfong on Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

Caleb Deckman, a high schooler who said he plans to attend Penn State in the fall, played drums on Carrie Underwood ft. Ludacris.

After, Kane Wolf had a compilation video showing off his basketball skills.

Eighth-grade student Alex Newcomb followed that up with a performance of “A Million Dreams” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Right after, Josiah Garcia organized a dance performance.

Zachary Shiffer ended the talent show with another drum performance of the song “What Would You Say” by Dave Matthews.

In total, the show lasted about an hour. After its conclusion, a dance break began before THON’s live broadcast continued as usual.


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