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Gayathri Chava, Joshua Shelley Win Inaugural Dearborn's Got Talent

Updated: Apr 29, 2023

Roman Bruno, Editor-in-Chief

Photo//Student Activities Board

UM-Dearborn's finest talent was showcased on Wednesday, in what was the first edition of "Dearborn's Got Talent." From rapping to dancing to painting to comedy, all was on display in an open-forum, judgement-free event hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) at the Union (House of Maize & Blue).

While there was no 'X' buzzer, there was a panel of judges giving constructive feedback after each performance. Still, the competitive juices were flowing. After a vote, sophomores Gayathri Chava and Joshua Shelly came out on top, with their dance routine titled "DU-O." They took home the first place prize of a $100 Visa gift card.

Finishing runner up was Tawhid Khan, who came away with an $80 Amazon gift card for his "Art Attack" performance. Khan impressed audience members by painting a canvas while blindfolded. In third place was Audity Moumi with her "Speedy Painting" act. Moumi also showcased her art abilities, and she took home a $60 Amazon gift card.

From left to right: Joshua Shelly, Gayathri Chava, Tawhid Khan, Audity Moumi. Photo//SAB

Event Chair and Host Sara Sandiha was more than pleased with how the event turned out: "Dearborn's Got Talent was an event that I was very excited to do especially since it would provide an opportunity for the wonderful students at UM-D to show their talents and earn a prize for it. I loved how everyone was encouraging and supportive of those who decided to perform, and I admired their courage to perform in front of an audience."

Here are more pictures and videos from the event, courtesy of SAB:

The Student Activities Board (SAB) is the primary event planning organization at UM-Dearborn. "From ice cream socials, to laser tag, to Cedar Point trips, SAB offers something for everyone!" If you are interested in joining or want to learn more about upcoming events, join their General Body WhatsApp group chat, or sign up via Victor's Link.

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