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Kids & Teens Bring The Energy To THON 2022 Talent Show

The Kids’ Talent Show is probably one of the most wholesome moments of THON Weekend, and THON 2022’s was no exception.

This year’s theme was “Hollywood.” Naturally, most of the kids’ talents were set to acclaimed songs, movie scenes, or viral dances.

The trio of Mina and Melania Horan and Charlize Curry opened the talent show portion. They sang “What Else Can I Do?” from Disney’s “Encanto” to get the crowd going, even ending their performance with the “We Are” chant. These kids were natural performers.

Sarah Zeisloft, accompanied by Penn State club women’s basketball, danced her heart out to “Relate” by King & Country. The crowd erupted when she threw in a couple of cartwheels and a split into her performance.

11-year-old Ayden Gora’s opening video included fun facts about him including that his favorite football team is the Eagles before the video cut to him hip-hop dancing to “It’s Tricky” by Run-D.M.C.

Siblings Levi and Christian Krodel took the Hollywood theme to heart by reenacting a lightsaber battle from “Star Wars. Levi, dressed as Darth Vader, took his older brother down to win the Jedi duel. The vibes went up following their performance.

Devin Pulaski danced “My Own Drum” by Ynairaly Simo and Missy Elliot while her little brother rocked out on his own drum to keep the beat. Her purple shirt and sparkly black skirt

12-year-old Julia O’Toole took the talent show to a whole new level as she performed a silk routine to “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. Her strength and confidence shined through as she climbed and twirled on her silks. The crowd chanted her name.

Alyssa Rodriguez brought a classical performance to the BJC as she performed an elegant ballet routine to Beethoven’s “Für Elise.” We wish we could be half the ballerina that Alyssa is!

Connor Rowan rejuvenated the crowd with a high-energy performance to “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. He also brought back “flossing” to the BJC. Honestly, if it makes a comeback, we have Connor to thank for that.

Zayla Gora tapped her way through “Fancy Like” by Walker Hayes. Her hat and sparkly shorts stood out as she tapped her little heart out.

Shiloh and Harper Crimmel got the opportunity so few get: to be a Lionette. The Crimmels brought back a deep cut, “Gangnam Style” by PSY. The Nittany Lion even hopped in to join them for their performance. Maybe someday we’ll see them performing on Saturdays in Beaver Stadium!

6-year-old Elliana Rodenhauser closed out the talent show with an electric performance to Sia’s “Cheap Thrills.” The dance and blue sparkly certainly matched her high-energy moves and tricks. We don’t remember the last time we had as much energy as Elliana.

15-year-old Alex Newcomb showcased her passion for singing to kick off the Teens Talent Show. Her choice of song was “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” The BJC encouraged her by singing along with her and holding their phone flashlights. She had a set of pipes, folks!

Josiah Garcia busted a move to “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo. The vibes in the crowd immediately went up at the beginning of his performance, and the BJC jammed and danced their hearts out until Garcia hit the final pose.

Adeline Cosnetino put her piano and singing skills to the test during her performance even though she wasn’t able to attend THON in person.

Savannah Keenan, the THON child for Omega Chi Sigma, sang to Dua Lipa’s “Levitating.” One of the guys from Omega Chi Sigma tried to rap DaBaby’s part but got the wrong version of the song. Still, Keenan and her THON org put on a great performance.

Carly Wilfong absolutely crushed her dance performance to One Direction’s (RIP) “What Makes You Beautiful.” Fellow Directioners jammed out along with her.

Wilfong dedicated her performance to fellow THON kids, Aubrey Evans, who couldn’t make it this year, and Devin Pulaski

Abby Munoz finished the talent show with an emotional rendition of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow.” Don’t text…we’re in our bag.

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Sadly, Mackenzie graduated from Penn State in 2022. She majored in English and served as one of Onward State's associate editors. You can keep up with her life and send compliments to @MackenzieC__ on Twitter.

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