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MC’s Got Talent!

Afrikaans phrase of the week: “Jakkals trou met wolf se vrou” – Directly translated to “Jackal weds Wolf’s wife”. It has two meanings. One is weather related, when it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time. The other one can be used to describe an unlikely situation.

Welcome back to MC voices! This week I am excited to share with you an event that has been presented at MC for the past 8 years. Last Thursday, the Rockville campus Student Life Senate did MC’s Got Talent at the Performing Arts Center. It is something they are known for and it is a tradition they enjoy bringing back each year even though it is not required.

Eight years ago in 2010, they started off small in the Theatre Arts Building, giving students the chance to showcase their talents and to just have fun. This is a great event because not only do the students get exposure on stage, but they also get a chance to win a scholarship.

The first, second, and third place winners receive scholarship money raised by the Student Life through ticket sales of the night, raffles and donations from businesses. The MC Foundation matches the total amount of donations received from businesses, and that gives between $4500 – $5000 for the winners. MC’s Got Talent is open to all students on any of the campuses, and your talent can be as unique as you want it to be.

Every year they select either students, professors or someone with an art background to judge the show. This year there were 3 judges: our very own president of the college Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, the Student Life director at Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus Kimberly Herrera, and voice producer and director Michael Brown.

This year there were 12 contestants:

  1. Elisa Mendez (Singer)
  2. Natasha Mukuka (Spoken Word Poetry)
  3. Alexander Guzman (Singer)
  4. Siboney Alfonsina Godoy (Torres Acro-Mambo)
  5. Oscar Quispee (Musician)
  6. Roxanne King (Tap Dancer)
  7. Nathan Junior (Dancer)
  8. Nohely Hernandez (Singer)
  9. Joseph Monasterial (Singer)
  10. Natalia De La Rosa (Dancer)
  11. John Hamilton (Beatboxer)
  12. Daphne Salazar & Christian Huaman (Dancers performing Caporales – Bolivian Folkloric Dance)

And the winners were as follow:

1st Place: Roxanne King

2nd Place: Oscar Quispee

3rd Place: Natalia De La Rosa


I hope you learn a little bit more about MC and please go and look at my fellow MC Voices’ pieces.

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Madlene Nel

One part student and one part friend, two parts explorer and four parts drama queen. When you put it all together you’d have a nice apple pie and I just made myself very hungry.

My name is Madlené and I am from South Africa. I have been privileged enough to be able to experience the American culture and get to know a variety of amazing people living here. I enjoy travelling and discovering new places but above all I love meeting new people and learning about their culture while sharing mine as well.

In my free time I enjoy reading a good book or two and of course I am addicted to Netflix (Not my fault . . . it’s those 10 seconds they give you to choose whether you want to go on with the show or stop and I seem to miss clicking the stop button every time). I love writing songs and performing in front of others. Over the weekend I like hanging out with my friends, going to see theatre performances and discovering new places to hike, eat or just to have fun.

 I am majoring in Performance Theatre and want to pursue a career in Musical Theatre.

I am excited to share my college experience with you and I hope you enjoy this journey with me.

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