Marissa Wilson’s Journey through Talent

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Marissa Wilson’s Journey through Talent

While at lunch, Marissa Wilson (9) chats about the talent show.  She and her friend looked through photos and shared a laugh.

While at lunch, Marissa Wilson (9) chats about the talent show. She and her friend looked through photos and shared a laugh. "At lunch I always find time to connect with others," Wilson said.

Emma Nguyen

While at lunch, Marissa Wilson (9) chats about the talent show. She and her friend looked through photos and shared a laugh. "At lunch I always find time to connect with others," Wilson said.

Emma Nguyen

Emma Nguyen

While at lunch, Marissa Wilson (9) chats about the talent show. She and her friend looked through photos and shared a laugh. "At lunch I always find time to connect with others," Wilson said.

Emma Nguyen

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The shine of the spotlights and applause from the audience no doubt give way to exhilaration and glee in the auditorium’s atmosphere while students anticipate presenting their acts. Among these prospective stars, Marissa Wilson (9) takes a deep breath as she steps out onto the stage before the audience. As the end of the year draws near, ambitious students shake with nerves and excitement about the upcoming talent show. While most crack under pressure, Wilson’s passion for performing drives her to shine in the public eye.

Wilson started her year in the cast of the all-school musical The Little Mermaid, starring as a princess with an impressive singing role. Having performed in previous shows in middle school, Wilson takes her past acts, in addition to her current achievements at this school, into account for her success. For the upcoming talent show, Wilson will be performing with Carson Been (12). They plan to re-enact a skit together from Saturday Night Live with Been playing the piano while Wilson sings. With auditions on Friday, April 12, Wilson can barely wait to present the skit for her teachers and peers.

“I’m excited, especially performing with a senior,” Wilson said.

Through numerous rehearsals and long practices for the past musical, Wilson met and befriended many who shared her passion, such as Been. Consequently, Wilson and Been’s dual performance stemmed from their friendship. President Father Gary Kastl elaborated on the importance of connecting with others who share common interests.

“There is a place for everyone at Bishop Kelley, and students can use their particular interests to find a place of connection as an outlet or a peer group for new relationships,” Kastl said.

Principal Jim Franz further commented on the benefits of stepping outside of a comfort zone to work alongside those with a shared passion, signifying the unity of a joined effort.

“The greatness of [connecting with like-minded students] is responding to the number one need… for affirmation outside of a closed circle,” Franz said.

In the gleam of the spotlights, Marissa Wilson closes her eyes as her friend Carson Been starts to play. Now with her eyes wide open, she looks out onto the audience and begins to sing.

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