PHOTOS: Darien teens compete in talent show at Darien Library

Manvi Malhotra, 17, took third place with this traditional Kathak dance from northern India. 

All photos — Jarret Liotta/Hearst Connecticut Media

Saturday night’s Teen Talent Show at Darien Library was performance proof that there are some extremely talented young people in town.

“This is one of our longest running events,” explained Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, 17, president of the library’s Teen Advisory Board. “I think it’s really special because it’s planned by teens and for teens, and that’s the whole idea of the group.”

Music, original songs and dance were all part of the evening, which featured guest judges Jane Minnis and Officer Bryan Wallman, Darien High School’s orchestra teacher and resource officer, respectively.

Anya Napoli, 13, of Darien, took first prize and $200 with her original song “You Felt It”

Anya Napoli, 13, walked away with first prize—$200—for her original song “You Felt It,” which she sang to her own guitar accompaniment.

Amari Zerbe, 15, took second performing an original untitled song, and Manvi Malhotra, 17, took third place performing a traditional Indian dance.

“I really enjoy it because you get to see all these different acts and talents,” said Carson Baxter, 15, who co-hosted the evening with Noah Mobarik, 14.

“You can see the joy when they present them,” Mobarik said. “That’s always cool to see.”

Mia Orobona, teen services librarian, introduces the program before handing it over to co-hosts Carson Baxter, 15, center, and Noah Mobarik, 14, both of Darien
Teen Advisory Board president Elizabeth Garijo-Garde, 17, who has been part of the library’s teen group for more than six years.
Reade Plunkett, 18, of Darien, warms up for his piano performance.
Aram Russell, 17, performed “Jolene” by Dolly Parton at the Teen Talent Show at Darien Library on Saturday, April 6, 2019, organized by the Teen Advisory Board.