PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



THON 2017 Kids’ Talent Show Showcases Hard Work Of Four Diamonds Children

The 2017 Kids’ Talent Show once again transformed the Bryce Jordan Center into a stage to showcase the preparation and hard work of Four Diamonds children. Every contestant brought remarkable courage on stage as they performed in front of a BJC crowd that was at capacity.

First on stage was a group of Four Diamonds Families that performed a song called “THON Is Really Awesome,” which was adapted from “Everything Is Awesome” from the LEGO movie. Everyone in the BJC clapped along with the families as they sang about all the people who have made their Four Diamonds experience wonderful. The song gave recognition to all the hospital workers, social workers, and students who have helped them on their journey.

Next on the stage was Megan Johnson, who sang “Part Of Your World” from The Little Mermaid; the crowd went nuts when she nailed her first high note of the ballad. And when she belted out the final note, she left the whole crowd speechless.

Adyson Machemer took the stage next to perform the hit classic “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. The BJC belted out the song with her and soon enough, the entire BJC was lit up with cell phone flashlights swaying to the beat.

Next on stage were Amarie, Alexis, and Alivia Gerena to perform Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful.” The trio had the whole arena clapping along to the pop hit. Even though some of the lyrics were fast and complicated, the girls kept good time and sounded great. At the conclusion of their performance, the girls led the crowd through a thunderous “We Are” chant.

Kaitlyn Good took the stage next to perform Taylor Swift’s “White Horse.” Good’s powerful voice and emotional performance once again compelled the crowd to get out their flashlights and sway to the music. At each musical break, the crowd began to cheer for Good before she once again belted out the lyrics.

According to the BJC teleprompter, Kaitlyn then performed “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz. The upbeat tune had the whole BJC moving and shaking. During the chorus, the entire arena sang along with her. During the dance break, she busted a move that dissolved the BJC into cheers.

Next on the stage was A.J., who danced to “Handclap” by Fitz and The Tantrums. Right on cue, the crowd clapped and danced with him throughout the song. When he finished busting a move, the crowd gave him a huge round of applause.

Carly Wilfong took to the stage next to dance to “All The Way” by Timeflies and “Oh My Love” by The Score. Wilfong and her background dancers had great choreography and they all performed in sync. When the dancers struck the Four Diamonds sign as their final pose, the crowd went wild.

Next up was Dylan Moser performing the Broadway hit “My Shot” from Hamliton. Moser easily delt with the quick wordplay and made the performance look easy. During his performance the crowd starts waving white shakers (provided by the Blue & White Society) to the beat. He made a grand exit by leading the arena through a “We Are” chant.

Ashley Otstott faced the huge crowd to sing “See You Again” by Charlie Puth. Her strong voice had the entire crowd singing to the chorus of the song; whenever she hit a high note, everyone whistled and cheered.

Next to the stage came Jeremy and Erin Hawk, who strummed the ukelele and sang “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. The simple tribute was beautifully done and had the whole audience swaying in the stands together.

The final act to take the stage was Karim Bectach, who attempted the water bottle challenge. Not only did he get the flip right on the first try, he successfully flipped the water bottle 4 times before singing Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.” The crowd cheered thunderously each time he flipped the bottle.

Every Four Diamonds Kid who took the stage dominated their performance and made the crowd go crazy. Even though there are a lot of entertaining acts throughout THON weekend, the kids are always a fan favorite!

About the Author

Katie Klodowski

Katie is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA and a retired editor at Onward State. Currently, she works as a staff writer. True to her hometown, she is a fan of Steel City sports but also uses her ballet and music training to be a tough critic of all things artsy. The fastest ways to her heart are through pizza, sushi, and a solid taste in music (this means no Taylor Swift). To be constantly razzle-dazzled, follow her on all social media forms at @KatieKlodowski


More by Katie

Do It Your Way: Katie Klodowski’s Senior Column

“I realize now, as I flip through those opening pages of my journal that are filled with stress and anxiety, that I came to so many important realizations so late in my college career.”

Why You Should Choose Penn State: Advice For Future College Freshmen

Power Ranking The THON 2018 Cover Bands


Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Indigo Closes, Future Plans For Nightclub Space Await

Indigo Nightclub announced that it would be closing following Arts Fest, but it doesn’t sound like the Hotel State College bar space would be empty for long

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend