Air Guitar performers make some noise


Photo courtesy of Rini Jablonski

Seniors Eric Laveaga, Bella Vliss, Colette Cosyn, Lauren Kim, Alex Kim, (Bottom) Rini Jablonski and Nora Leavey channel K-Pop stars after winning crowd favorite at Air Guitar.

The utter silence of the evening was broken by music pumping throughout the gym on Friday, with groups showcasing talents for Air Guitar. With elaborate and quick-paced performances, it was obvious each group had put in hours of rehearsal.

Audience members placed their tickets in voting boxes for the best performances. “Beau-t K-popping” won crowd favorite. They performed a mash-up of six K-pop songs, including Shinee’s “Ring Ding Dong” and 2NE1’s “I AM THE BEST.”  

First place was given to Warrior TV, as they performed to popular pop songs by Britney Spears, The Spice Girls, High School Musical cast and a mash-up of popular pop songs from the last 20 years.

Second place group was HALO Dance for Autism. Led by juniors Olivia Thompson and Caroline Gibbon, the dancers in the club showed off their impressive moves and collaborated onstage with several special-needs students in Warrior Nation, performing to MKTO’s “Classic.”

“It felt so great to win second place because we all worked so hard and practiced for weeks for the performance,” Thompson said. “It was especially great for the Warrior Nation students because I know how much it meant for them to perform in front of a big crowd.”

Finally, coming in third was junior class council, which performed to Beach Boys hits, rousing the audience to sing along to some familiar tunes.

“The purpose of ‘Air Guitar’ is to give Warrior students a chance to show their talents and their involvement with the school to their friends and the rest of the student body and also for the student population to feel united under a fun event,” senior Colette Cosyn, member of “Beau-t K-popping,” said.

Several other noteworthy performances included senior Steven Wu, who was part of the Cellists -a trio of cellists, including Isaac Hsu and John Speirs, playing Smooth Criminal and also performing magic tricks. Bel Canto performed a medley of Adele songs, while junior Harrison Li performed an original song.