|Talent Show MC Devin Gill congratulates winner Steven Tetrault|
The 2011 SBA Talent Show/Kick It Community Dinner this week featured student performances of music by Frank Sinatra (Fly Me to the Moon), Charlie Daniels (The Devil Went Down to Georgia), Plain White T's (the Rhythm of Love), John Newton (Amazing Grace) and Jane Taylor (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star).
"I didn't know that there was so much musical talent on campus," Head of School Tracy Keller told the student body at the conclusion of the evening's entertainment.
"The SBA Talent Show has come a long way since its inception here."
Taking top podium honors at the Student Council-sponsored event was Steven Tetrault, who delivered an impassioned recitation of his original poem, Opus/Vox Populi.
Student Council Vice President Dylan Murtha was the driving student force behind the event, said SC Faculty Advisor Aly Kendall.
"Without Dylan, it would not have gone as well as it did. He not only performed - and quite memorably, I might add - but he also took the lead in recruiting and motivating other people on campus to perform."
Enjoy the video footage, as well as a text taste of Steven's poem found at the bottom of this post.
And now, as promised, an excerpt from Steven Tetrault's original poem Opus/Vox Populi, posted here with the author's permission:
We all have the potential for greatness or weakness - to accept our stations in life and wither away;
Or stand united and build as one hand, one heart, one soul.
To raze Babel’s great misadventure,
Or take its broken bricks and rebuild Jericho’s gates; undo the tragedies of eternity.
We are born with our own potentials, ready to [ab]use them as willed by ourselves.
There are these hidden truths in everything around us.
The rules that can be broken, laws for manipulation;
Those who know them, and those who stumble into things greater than themselves.
We all have the yearnings of possibilities yet to be, yet to have been;
Allusions to the realities beneath and above, and through our own. Metaphors.
Dwell not in the mistakes of the past but in the promises of the future;
History and time will absolve us all of our mistakes.
Revel in the beauty of the profound and infinite universe,
The power of physics, the grace of mathematics;
The quantum miracle microcosms that build planets and galaxies and the blush in the infant son’s cheek.
These are the true reasons to live.
We all know the victories of problems greater than any one man; any one woman; any one child or person.
Courage is looking across the void of temporality to just LOVE.