Funds raised from the event will go to the sponsoring classrooms and the Colton Parent Club

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Eddie Rogers, age 11, leans into the mic during his performance at Stars on Stage.Last Saturday, the annual "Stars on Stage" was definitely the place to be.

The fundraiser, hosted by the Colton Boosters Club, is a combination talent show/food booth/raffle event. The multipurpose room of Colton High School was filled as diners enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, sausage or hot dog, taquitos, desserts and beverages. There were some of the most amazing raffle items offered by each class of the school district. The performances this year included vocalists, instrumentalist and dance.

In honor of National Autism Month, Colton High School student Zachary Warren led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag to open the talent portion of the night. The young man, who has and is helping to raise awareness of the spectrum disorder, led the audience with such joy that he did bring autism as front and center as he was on stage and left many in attendance with tears in their eyes and huge smiles on their faces as they applauded and Zachary took a bow.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Amanda English and Taylor Quintana sing 'Legends' at Stars on Stage in Colton.

Fourteen acts performed for audience votes and the Judges Choice Award. Audience members were charged $2 admission and $1 per vote. Pre-determined (secret) judges voted for 'Best in Show,' a prize which comes with a check for $100. The top three audience vote recipients also received monetary prizes.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Javin GoDair, age 13, plays the piano and sings 'Perfect.'Winning the judges' vote for best talent of the night was 13-year-old Javin GoDair, who played piano and sang Ed Sheeran's "Perfect".

"I have been singing for a few years and playing piano for about a year and a half," GoDair said.

He has been taking lessons from local piano teacher Laura Knight-Rose. He also said he had been working on the song, "Say You Won't Let Go" in preparation for the talent show, but then "puberty hit" and his voice lowered, and he had to adjust, and so chose the song "Perfect".

The $50 third place audience vote winner was awarded to the "Daddy Daughter Duo" Olivia and John VanOeveren, who covered Lukas Graham's "Once I was Seven Years Old." Kiersten Frye's vocal rendition of Sam Smith's "Too Good at Goodbye" earned her the second place $75 check, and Amanda English and Taylor Quintana, who sang Kelsea Bellerini's "Legends," came away with the $100 audience vote.

Greg Adams was back at the mic as emcee. He was both fun and funny and kept the audience entertained between acts.

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA - Della Rogers, age 9, performs 'Hallelujah.'"The night went so well and we had a great audience turnout," event coordinator Christine VanOeveren said. "So many volunteers stepped up to the plate at a moment's notice to ensure this event went well. I'm very pleased. All participants performed their hearts out! I am always surprised at this event, just how much talent we hold here in Colton."

Money raised at the food booths and from the raffles (the raffles alone raised more than $2,000) went to the sponsoring classrooms, clubs and organizations; money raised from the talent show votes (more than $700) and admission will be used by the Colton Parent Club for needs identified within the schools.

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