Students show off their hidden talents, comedic sides (w/video)
Feb. 8, 2014 at 1 a.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.
Harrison High strummed a pink guitar and wore cut-off jeans while singing Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" at St. Joseph High School's annual talent show.
High, 18, said he was nervous about his comedic performance in front of his peers.
"I have this lifelong dream to be a comedian," High said. "There's nothing better than being up on stage and people laughing at you."
High's classmates cheered him on at the show, celebrating National Catholic Schools Week.
Sarah Valenzuela steadied her ukulele before singing the opening notes to "Say Something" by A Great Big World.
Sarah, 17, was one of several acts that were part of the annual celebration.
The senior has been playing the Hawaiian instrument since her junior year.
"I just loved being up there," she said. "It's where I feel I'm supposed to be."
The hosts of the show, or masters of ceremony, were dressed in "Anchorman"-inspired costumes.
High's mother, Beth, smiled as she watched her son and his friends put on their acts.
"I just appreciate the fact that he felt confident enough to go up in front of his peers," she said. "We never know what Harrison is going to do, but I can tell you he enjoys life."
Sarah's mother, Evie Valenzuela, said her daughter had never played a stringed instrument before picking up the ukulele.
"I always wanted her to play the guitar," she said. "I know it must have been hard to remember the chords and sing at the same time."