By ROBBIE EDWARDS firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON —Mt. Vernon Township High School students and staff will strut their talents and compete on stage this weekend.
The fourth annual "Mt. Vernon's Got Talent" show will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The program will be held in the MVTHS auditorium.
Admission is $3 for MVTHS students (with I.D) and $5 for non-students.
Special Olympics Athletic Director Megan Clodi feels the talent show is a positive experience for the students involved.
"Being able to showcase other talents of the students and letting them step out, be creative and make it their own makes it a positive experience," Clodi said.
The popularity of the talent show is gradually increasing, said Clodi. She is expecting at least six to eight acts to perform at this year's competition. A few of the acts that are set to perform are a duet singing group, a rapper and a comedian.
Each act is allotted five minutes for their performance while a panel of judges evaluates the performance. The audience may also vote using cash for any performing acts.
All proceeds will benefit MVTHS Special Olympics and the program Project UNIFY.
"Having a fundraiser in this way instead of just going door to door selling things is just more memorable for all involved," Clodi said.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education and sports to create school communities of acceptance, according to the organization's web site.