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Students open up at open mic

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A poster for the Open Mic event hangs in the hallway. There have been many hung throughout the school.

A poster for the Open Mic event hangs in the hallway. There have been many hung throughout the school.

A poster for the Open Mic event hangs in the hallway. There have been many hung throughout the school.

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Northwest High School held its first Open Mic night on May 5th of 2017. Almost 80 people came to the library to watch students perform music and read poetry and prose. Sing, as it was called then, was the first event of its kind to be held at Northwest. Its creator, graduate Ryan Rivera, drew inspiration from an unfortunate change of plans.

“I originally intended to be in the Spring Showcase, I was told I couldn’t because I am not in chorus,” Rivera said. “I still wanted to accomplish my goal of singing in front of a crowd.”

The Showcase used to be open for anyone to participate, but the rules changed only last year. Rivera had spent his senior year preparing music and taking voice lessons, only to learn that the event was no longer open to non-chorus students. He came up with the idea of Sing, which allowed him and any other student to perform without restrictions.

“I started brainstorming how the setup should look back in February,” Rivera said.

Many people took part in the set up. CornerStone Church helped Rivera with decorations, PTSO donated snacks and Media Specialist Natalie Strange handled the sound system.

“I think Ryan did a great job of organizing it all,” Strange said. Rivera was responsible for most of the design and set up, which included creating pamphlets with each registered student and their piece. Strange was in charge of the technical aspect.

But the event isn’t just limited to music.

“We worried that some people might have seen the sign and thought they had to come sing something and we wanted it to be more open so we went with the Open Mic idea,” Natalie Strange said.

This year, almost a dozen people have already signed up to participate. And not only will students perform this year; teachers have signed up as well.

“My hope for Open Mic is to allow and encourage others to shatter their comfort zones,” Rivera said. “I want to establish a platform…to allow the audience to witness the beauty of shattering your comfort zone.”

The first of four Open Mic events this year will be on Friday, Oct. 27th. After that, they will be held quarterly on Dec. 1st, Feb. 2nd and May 4th.

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