Cards Show Off Talents

NEW BREMEN — From singing and dancing to playing instruments and performing magic tricks, New Bremen elementary and middle school students showed off their skills Thursday afternoon for the third annual Believe in Yourself Talent Show.

“We’re extremely pleased with the number of students who signed up to share their talents with us,” Middle School Principal Howard Overman said to a packed gym before introducing the first act.

Kelli Schmitmeyer led off the list of performances playing “Rainbow Connection” on the piano before fourth-grade students Emma Watcke, Taylor Paul, Ashton Heitkamp, Julia Wilker, Alana Speelman, Hanna Kramer and Brianna Wiedeman took the stage, dancing to Aaron Carter’s cover of “I Want Candy.” The girls enthralled the crowd of students, tossing candy out in the audience at the conclusion of their performance.

“I’ve never seen some of you move so quickly,” Overman said to the students who jumped from their seats for candy.

Tyler Leichliter, a veteran of the Believe in Yourself Talent Show, performed a slew of magic tricks to the amusement and amazement of his fellow students and teachers. In one of his tricks, Tyler put a pencil through a piece of glass.

“I’m going to put this pencil through this piece of glass,” he said, displaying the pencil and the solid piece of glass, before performing his trick to an awestruck audience.

Third-grade student Vivian Niekamp performed on the piano before a group of third grade girls took the stage, dancing to Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger.” Third-grade students Eli Blue Roetgerman, Josie Rienhart and Megan Krieg also performed a dance routine to Jay Sean’s “Down.”

Several Cardinals showed off their musical talents, including Katie Paulas, who “Set Fire to Rain” while playing the piano, Madison Lozier, who performed “You Are My Sunshine” on the piano, Brianna Wiedeman, who sang “Rolling in the Deep,” Kira Bertke, who rapped “Boyfriend,” and Lucy Whitten, who sang “California King Bed” while playing the piano.

Eighth-grade student Tatum Temple, who will be performing at Disney this summer, showed off her dancing skills to “We’ve Got the Beat,” decked out in her Mickey  Mouse attire.

Taite McKinney, who played guitar, and Nick Brussel, who played drums, rounded out Thursday’s lineup performing a song for an enthusiastic audience.

Each student that performed in the talent show chose a candy bar for their participation. The Believe in Yourself Talent Show finished this morning with another round of talented Cardinals.