By: Sthefany Flores
Gardner-Webb’s Student Alumni Association hosted its first “Bulldogs got Talent” event on Oct. 8 replacing the annual “Battle of the Bands.”
Davon Mooring took first place at the talent show with his gospel rap piece. Duke Silver and the Boys—a band comprised of members Erick Hooker, Austin Miller, Jonathan Goldenberg and Shaki Shoman—won second place.
The talent show itself was small and included only six acts, but the audience seats were almost at capacity. The number of performances, however, didn’t dampen the mood, “Their performances were fun to watch. My score sheets were tied at the end,” said Chris Nelson, a judge for the talent show.
He commented on the low number of contestants, saying, “The word got out so I don’t think that was the problem. It’s just that people are shy, I think.”
Brooke Fortner, assistant director of Alumni Relations said Alumni Relations wanted “all of the talents throughout the campus” to contribute in a talent show—not only bands, like the former annual talent show limited.
“This will be a long term thing. We had a really good response this year for our first annual,” continued Fortner. “This is a great way to kick off homecoming for our students.”
Many of the students who attended agreed. “We had a really good turn out,” said Olivia Hopper, a senior at Gardner-Webb. “[It’s] right up there in my favorite events from Gardner-Webb.”