SEMINOLE’S GOT TALENT: Education foundation hosts fundraiser

Two-time champ-- With his version of Calum Scott’s “You Are the Reason”, junior Moises Ybaben Burciaga takes the greatest talent award at Seminole’s Got Talent on Nov. 18. Ybaben Burciaga also took the top prize in the 2018 inaugural contest.

Seminole’s Got Talent came back for a second time sponsored by the Education Foundation with junior Moises Ybaben Burciaga taking the top prize for the second time.

  “When I sing, I try to be as authentic as possible,” Ybaben Burciaga said. “When you’re passionate about what you’re going to perform, it shows. Having experience makes performing so much easier. This way you know what to expect from the audience and the stage.” 

  Sophomore Nikloe Garcia, a self-taught guitarist, gave the talent competition a shot. 

  “For this being my first time,  I was scared,” Garcia said. “This was Wa whole new beginning for me, I used to be really shy, and this brought me out of my little shell.”

  The Education Foundation uses funds raised to fund teaching grants, technology, scholarships and more.

  SISD public information officer Emily Birdwell said the Education Foundation has awarded more than $65,000 grants in its two years of existence.

Additional winners: junior Jake Emig and Keaton Manning– outstanding performance with their “Lucky Seven Trick Roping”, homeschool freshman Katie Washburn took best original act with her original song “Flying High”, junior Ember Webb and sophomore Alex Wootton took top overall group performing “When I Was Your Man”, and junior Samantha Gutierrez took top overall solo performing “Angels Among Us”.