Pride, Passion, Purpose

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Klein Idol contestants wait patiently for judges to announce the winner.

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On November 30, Tech Theater teacher Jason Bradshaw held a fundraiser to support the performing arts by having students let their talents shine at the soon to be annual event, Klein Idol.

“It is a fundraiser that I have done before at my former school and I knew it would be a big hit here since we have so much talent at Klein High School,” Bradshaw said.

Dedicating her performance to her mom, sophomore Kayla Tyler took home the title of the first place winner and a prize of $100.

“I performed ‘I Have Nothing’ by Whitney Houston because it was my mom’s favorite song and even though I wasn’t doing it for the money and more for the experience, it felt good to win,” Tyler said.

With the dream of making a career out of singing in the future, Kayla put all of her focus into singing.

“I’ve been singing since I was five years old, I don’t even have a backup plan for the future because ever since I was a little girl all I wanted to do was sing and nothing else,” Tyler said.

With supporting musical parents and the drive for singing created at a young age, contestant and junior Tyrone Killebrew performed ‘Redbone’ by Childish Gambino.

“Whenever there’s an opportunity to perform I take it because performing is a rush that is unparallelled,” Killebrew said. “When I get a crowd that’s matching my energy, it’s a feeling I’ve never felt before in my life.”

Killebrew even took the time to write and produce his own songs as an outlet from his stressful school schedule.

“It’s a process that has its downsides, but when you finally get a song right and translate your ideas into a sound it’s super satisfying,” Killebrew said. “There are times where it all just comes together and you sit back and listen to what you created like wow.”

Auditioning to support the performing arts, junior Rachel Pac gained a memorable experience to share with her family and friends.

“I chose ‘At Last’ by Etta James because the song contains so much passion and depicts a story of pure joy for the ones you love which is something I can relate to as my friends and family have my whole heart. I love them dearly and am so thankful for their love and support,” Pac said.

Pac expressed herself through singing not only for herself, but to bring joy to others as well.

“I’ve known singing was my passion since I was little and I love sharing that joy and passion with others because maybe it can inspire someone else one day as others did for me,” Pac said.