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November 6, 2012 > Bringing on the talent

Bringing on the talent

By Mahima Goel

Reader's Digest didn't call Fremont the "third smartest and sharpest city" in America for no reason. A myriad of talent can be found all across the city and "Fremont's Got Talent Youth Showcase" will bear witness to the reason for its great reputation. The show, November 9 in the Fremont Teen Center, has been a Fremont showcase of talent for the last few years. The City's Youth Advisory Commission, help organize and oversee judging, and selection of winners.

The Youth Advisory Commission (YAC) began when, in the late 1980s, the mayor gathered high school Student Body presidents to discuss problems that affected the lives of students. As a result, the Youth Advisory Commission was established November 7, 1989. Since then, this group has organized teen events such as band nights, festivals, community donation drives, and college tours.

For the last two weeks, YAC has been narrowing contestants to the finalists who will perform on November 9th. Out of approximately 50 acts, the finalists represent a wide range from solo and group bands to martial artists, ventriloquists and dancers.

Divided into three categories, performers include: Pre-Teen (ages 11 years or younger), Teen (ages 12-19), and Mixed (a wide range of varying ages). Prizes are awarded based on judges' evaluations as well as popularity with the audience.

Prizes are sponsored by Fremont Aqua Adventure Park, City of Fremont and also a chance to perform at local festivals and community events. Alankrita Dayal, Vice Chair of Fremont YAC, considers this event her favorite of the year. "It is such a great way for the community to get to interact with each other and recognize the multitude of talent that we have as a city," she says. "We have many sponsors that provide us with food, tickets, and even the prizes. As the YAC, we put in a lot of time and effort ourselves to organize and host the event for our community. In the end, though, it is the talent of our contestants and the positive encouragement of the audience that makes the event a huge success."

Watch Fremont's best performers at "Fremont's Got Talent Youth Showcase" to see exactly what you are looking for and have a great time while supporting your community.

Fremont's Got Talent Youth Showcase
Friday, Nov 9
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fremont Teen Center
Main Hall/Kitchen
40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont
(At Sailway Drive)
(510) 494-4344
$7, $5 each for two or more

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