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SigEp showcases student talents

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Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 15:01

Sigep Talent

Photos by J. Christoffersen/ The Gateway

Phil Foster hands out raffle prizes between acts

Nearly every night, talent competition shows are watched by millions of people across America.  “American Idol,” “The X Factor” and “The Voice” all promise contestants the chance at fame and fortune: a one in a million shot at victory.

For students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, members of Sigma Phi Epsilon hosted their own talent competition. SigEp’s Got Talent, was held on Nov. 10 in the Milo Bail Student Center.  Open to all students, acts included singing, dancing, instrument playing and even baton twirling.

The ten acts were critiqued by a panel of judges after each performance. Ethan Porter took home first for his musical performance, with Maegan Strudthoff taking second with her baton twirling.  Winners received trophies and bragging rights.

While the event may have been designed to showcase the talent onstage, audience members also enjoyed the added perks of raffle prizes from local restaurants that were awarded between acts.

Money raised during this event was given to the American Cancer Society.  
“The purpose of the event was to raise money for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life. The Society supports a myriad of people in their journey through cancer, whether it’s lodging, research or prevention programs,” said Phil Foster, who served as the host throughout the event.

Over $600 has already been raised from the show, and members of SigEp are still selling t-shirts from the event.  Students can contact members of SigEp if interested in purchasing a shirt.

“We have expanded this event to all talents, which welcomes anything and everything,” Foster said. “My hope is to get more people from the community involved in the event, whether it is judging, performing or donations. The more money raised, the more beneficial is it for our philanthropy!”

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