Southeastern student Shréa Thapa won the Southeastern Talent Show including the peoples’ choice category with her singing performance on guitar on March 27.
The senior from Nepal performed “What’s up” by 4 Non Blondes and won $500 for tuition. Click here to see Thapa’s winning act. AF1QipMlvC22V461TvAjC_6PjS5pjogQhOTPQspi0m3T.
Thapa participated in Southeastern’s talent show her freshman year when the talent show was titled Southeastern Star. When Thapa heard CAB was hosting a talent show again, she said she knew immediately she wanted to be a part of it.
The talent show isn’t the only place Thapa has performed. Thapa’s done gigs and sings cover songs for her paid Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/shreyathapa.
Thapa was inspired to do music from her ninth-grade teacher in Nepal who was a musician.
“That’s when I realized you could make money from singing at places.” Thapa said.
Thapa intends to continue with her Youtube channel. She said her voice sounds best in pop music but she plans to try different styles.
The talent show was also filled with other entertaining performances, including a song by one of the judges Todd O’Neal, a local singer.
“I’m just judging on who really has the skills,” O’Neal said. “I’m excited to see the acts tonight.”
The other judges were Maque Hollins who danced on broadway, Shelly Ernst, a teacher in Ponchatoula, and Jean Bernard, the assistant director at Southeastern’s Pennington Center.
The judges gave second place to Hayden Kimball, a senior who put a metal twist on a disney song “You’re Welcome” from “Moana,” and third place went to freshman Aniya Alley and her performance of “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera. Kimball and Alley received a plaque for their achievement.
The remaining 19 contestants entertained the audience with music and poetry. Junior Malik Elijah got the crowd to chant along to his rap song, and TZ Mayeux recited an inspiring poem titled “Dreams.” Other performances included freshman Lily Gayle who sang her original song and sophomore Brian Williams who played “Locked out of Heaven” by Bruno mars on four different instruments.
CAB hopes to make Southeastern’s talent show an annual event.
“We hope to make it bigger with more celebrity judges,” said Gi Levet, senior event manager of CAB.