by Bria Isaacson, News Editor

The Visionary Class is already putting their own twist on Asbury University traditions, as the Freshman Talent Show this year will have a theme. The event, called Freshman Got Talent, is based off of the show America’s Got Talent, and it will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 in Hughes Auditorium.

Visionary Class Sponsor Ashley Dickerson said, “Visionary Class Cabinet has started their own tradition of adding an extra twist to every event they put on, and the talent show will be no different in this.”

The theme will be carried throughout the show in the acts, as well as in the presence of judges and the voting of a winner of the talent show.

The judges of the event will be the members of the class cabinet: freshmen Seth Kinyua, Yun Li Tan, Maggie Richwine and Luke Phillips.

“I’ll be judging the acts based on their creativity, uniqueness and ability to connect with the audience,” Kinyua said. “The winning performance should contain a mix of all three elements, plus a lil’ something special.”

Seniors Jeremiah Law and Dickerson, the Visionary class sponsors, will be hosting the talent show.

“As class sponsor, it’s tradition that Jeremiah Law and I are the MCs for the event, and we are also responsible for coordinating the event with the Visionary Class Cabinet, co-writing the script and helping with the audition process,” Dickerson said.

Auditions were held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and performances have now been finalized. Visionary Class President Houston Thomas is looking forward to doing a performance of his own involving a song from the 1980s. He is also looking forward to “show[ing] the campus how talented the Visionary Class is. We have a lot of hidden talent,” he said.

Dickerson is most excited for the freshmen to show off their talents too. She said, “I know we have a really talented class, and for them to be able to bring their unique skills for all the classes to see will be one more step in the Visionary Class creating their own legacy at Asbury.”