By Cassandra Nelson
Lusher’s open mic has been a successful lunchtime entertainment event for quite a while now, thanks to Kelly Yu’s and Colin Orihuela’s tireless efforts to provide the school with an astounding showcase of our community's impressive talent.
Last month’s open mic in honor of Heart and Soul Week, however, truly blew the Lusher student body away. Sophia Wilson describes the purpose of open mic as “a safe space for students to exhibit works they are passionate about, as well as give students a chance to share projects they've been working hard on in class.”
Last month, open mic flourished with a variety of different artists eager to showcase their talent. We were able to hear the moving words of Maya Angelou in her poem “Still I Rise” through Destini’s and Nia’s recitation, the beautiful voice of Leah in her rendition of "Rise Up" by Andra Day, and Mary Grace and Sebastian’s duo of "Blackbird" by Paul McCartney tied together with a perfect guitar melody. We heard Hannah’s cover of "Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone" by Bill Withers enhanced by Kelly’s impressive guitar skills, and the popularly known jazz band’s instrumental performance. While the weather may have been bitingly cold, it was the extraordinary talent of our Lusher classmates that gave the audience chills last month.