Christian academy students show their best at school talent show

By CHERYL KUCK
Special Correspondent
Published: May 10, 2014

PLANT CITY Students at Faith Christian Academy sang and danced their ways into the hearts of judges – and the audience – at the school’s first talent show.

The children, from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, showed off their best talents at the show, including acts with a Christian theme.

“The event is a great opportunity for our kids to demonstrate their God-given talents in song and dance,” school principal and founder Nicole Williams said.

Winners received gift baskets.

Jadeyah Delapenah and Emily Schindler took first place for their sign language and song duet, “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”; Anayah Williams was second with his break dancing skills; and Braylon Campbell won third for an energetic Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed dance.

School administrator Marissa Textor organized the talent show. Teacher Monica Jones served as mistress of ceremonies, after school activities coordinator Ranisha Green helped stage the event and Audrey Carpenter and Charmaine Bridgewater served as judges.

The academy at 1202 S. Collins St. has rapidly grown rapidly since it opened in 2012. School leaders have plans for a new 5,000 square foot building next year so they can add classes for seventh- and eighth-graders.

A portion of the proceeds from the talent show was donated to the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital cancer research program.

Williams said the talent show will become an annual event, “because we truly believe all children should have an opportunity to shine.”