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, 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.”