By Madison V. Fisler
April 19, 2013. For the 13th year in a row, students from all over Watauga County will be showcasing their various talents tonight at the Roth Auditorium at Watauga High School.
The 13th Annual Shooting Stars Talent Show, put on by the Watauga Education Foundation, will feature more than 165 distinct performances including vocal performance, comedy, dancing, clogging, basketball routines and cello performances among others from performers ranging in age from 5-18. In addition, David Jackson, the Voice of the Mountaineers, will act as MC.
The performance will be raising money to benefit the Watauga Education Foundation. Started 20 years ago to raise money to buy books for Watauga County students, the foundation gives $20,000 annually in classroom grants as well as $4,000 in additional funds for educators. The money is intended to purchase items needed by the schools and by the students that the county just cannot provide.
But the talent show, to many, is more than just a fundraiser.
“We are super excited, it’s the one big event in this county that brings together our kids, businesses, educators and parents under one roof to celebrate and be proud of our kids, and look at the arts in a whole new light as something that can’t be cut,” said Alison Idol, the president of the Watauga Education Foundation.
“This is their moment to shine. This is their night. This shows the importance of what the arts mean to these kids,” said Idol.
Tickets to the show cost $10 and are available at the door.