Sixteen acts came out for this year's Stars on Stage event, which boosters say won't happen every year

CINDY FAMA - The Stars on Stage winners are, from left to right: Anastaysja Pewitt and Avalyn Jackson (Arizona had fallen asleep), Reiden Ancell, Eddie Rogers, Della Rogers, Dahlia Lee Kierst and Keirsten Frye.Last Saturday, March 9, the last annual "Stars on Stage" was again a night of fun, food and entertainment.

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 pizza, baked potato bar, 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, instrumentalists, dancers and a comedian.

Sixteen acts performed for audience votes and the Judges Choice Awards. Audience members were charged $2 admission and $1 per vote. Predetermined (secret) judges voted for 'Best in Show'. This year, they voted for their top three favorite performers and checks were issued for first place-$100, second place-$75 and third place-$50. The top three audience vote recipients also received the same monetary prizes.

Winning the judges' vote for best talent of the night was Colton High School freshman, Kiersten Frye, who sang the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah." Frye dedicated the song to those who serve in the military especially her mom, Crystal Smith (Air Force), George Smith (Air Force), Ed Crabb (Marines) and to all first responders.

Frye was the first to be welcomed to the stage on Saturday and admits she was shaking.

"This is my third time to be part of Stars on Stage," Frye said. "I first performed when I was in first grade, then again last year when I was in eighth grade (she won second place) and now this year."

Taking the second place judges' award was 12-year-old Dahlia Lee who performed her original "The Bridges We Burn" and accompanied herself on ukulele. Third place judges' award went to Della Rogers for her rendition of Lady Gaga's "Shallow".

CINDY FAMA - Anastaysja Pewitt, Arizona Jackson and Avalyn Jackson sing 'Happier'.

The first place audience vote award went to Della and Eddie Rogers for their performance of Alex and Sierra's "Little Do You Know", second place went to Reiden Ancell for his rendition of Panic in the Disco's "Dying in LA" and the third place check went to to Anastaysja, Avelyn and Arizona for the cutest ever performance of Marshmello's "Happier".

This year included two great adult acts. Brynie Robinson (CHS football coach) entertained with a comedic act "Fatherly Influence" and salsa dancer/instructor Jasmine Schneider danced to "No, No, No" by Boogaloo Assassins.

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

CINDY FAMA - Shark Henry VanOeveren plays the theme song from 'Jaws'.

"The night was awesome," event coordinator, Christine VanOeveren said. "All participants performed really well. I am always impressed at how much talent we have in Colton."

Money raised at the food booths and from the raffles went to the sponsoring classrooms, clubs and organizations; money raised from the talent show votes and admission ($859) will be used by the Colton Parent Club for needs identified within the schools.

Booster president, Vivian Day, said the Booster Club is not planning to have a Stars on Stage fundraiser every year, but hope to add other fundraisers that might include different types of sporting events. They will still keep the food vendor and raffle areas.

Boosters are hoping to get input on what the community would like to see and to get more participants and members in the club that raises money for the local schools and students.

Within the past months, the Booster Club has voted to replace the swing sets at the elementary school as well as update equipment in the high school weight room. They purchased new microscopes for the middle school and provided new safety tools for the district.

Boosters meets in the Colton Middle School media center, 21580 South Schieffer Road, the first Monday of each month starting at 6:30 p.m.

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