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Forever Red hosts student talent show for ‘I Heart SV’ week

Political science sophomore Toni Gjerkaj performs a comedy act at the Forever Red talent show for “I Heart SV” week. Vanguard Photographer | Ryan Pelletier

On Wed., Feb. 16, Forever Red hosted a talent show as part of the festivities for “I Heart SV” week. Students with a variety of talents, including dancing, singing and poetry, performed in the Rotunda.

Toni Gjerkaj, a political science sophomore, performed a stand-up comedy act in the show. He told dad jokes.

Gjerkaj was impressed by the amount of SVSU pride at the event.

“The experience was so great,” Gjerkaj said. “Red Pride was 100% [there]… It was such a happy, SVSU-proud environment.”

RJ Key, the President of Forever Red and a social studies education senior, attended the event and watched the talent show.

“The performances at the talent show were awesome, showcasing the wide variety of talent we have at SVSU,” Key said.

Key enjoyed all the performances and had a difficult time choosing a favorite event.

“They were all my favorite, however I am a sucker for some good dad jokes,” Key said. “But I was moved by the poetry performance and the musical acts as well… you can never go wrong with the Macarena.”

The winner of the talent show, Betsy Nieman, a secondary education freshman, played guitar and sang a cover of “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

“[It] was just a spur of the moment, impulsive fun thing that my friends hyped me up to do and I’m glad I did,” Nieman said.

Nieman won a Sony speaker.

“Winning to me wasn’t even really the intent more to just perform and have fun, so I was pleasantly surprised when they announced that I had won,” Nieman said.

The talent show had a great turnout and Forever Red is happy the event was successful.

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