Ninth annual Indoles reunites talent

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By Michelle Paetow
Video by Noriah Williams
Mason Times staff writers

MASON — With red and blue LED lights attached to their drumsticks, the Mason High School drumline performed in a dark auditorium to open the Indoles talent show.

Mason High School hosted its annual student-run talent show March 24 and 25 featuring musicians, singers, dancers and others.

Window painted for Indoles in Jackson's classroom

Steve Jackson, a math teacher at Mason High School , founded the Indoles talent show nine years ago with a fellow teacher. Jackson and the Indoles stage crew of 13 worked together to choose performers by auditions. This year, there were about 70 auditions and 26 acts were chosen.

“We try to be unbiased and choose based on what will look good and sound good on stage. A lot of students learn by not making it one year to do better the next year. There’s only one or two cases where I put my foot down and insist on a unique act,” Jackson said. “The main goal is to display the amazing ability and talent of students that usually don’t get recognized.”

Indoles is a Latin word that means to possess talent, ability, and intelligence.This year, Indoles not only featured not only artists, bands and dancers, but included a comedian and a group of kazoo players.

“My friends and I were hanging out and we wanted to do something crazy. She had a kazoo and the five of us decided to play songs on kazoos. Last year I did ballet and it was fun, so I wanted to do something different this year,” said Autumn Sodman, junior at Mason High School.

The Indoles crew consists of students keeping acts together and prepared, working the lights and the backstage.

“This year, we have alumni coming back to help out and the nice thing is, they loved it so much they don’t mind coming back and doing it for free. It’s a nice little family. That’s how I feel. All of the wonderful people that I have worked with, they’re family. All of the people I had help out the first three or four years, I had come to my wedding. That’s how close we are. They’re just so amazing and we formed such close relationships and that’s how I see them is family,“ Jackson said.

Teaser performances by students that were selected to be in the talent show were

featured during lunch-time in the cafeteria. The Indoles crew painted windows in the school and flyers were put up around the community to promote Indoles. Tickets were sold for $4 and proceeds went to the Rylan Cotter Memorial Scholarship that will be awarded to a senior that will be attending college for visual and performing arts.

“I signed up to be a part of the Indoles crew because my math teacher founded it and he is an inspiration. I don’t have talent, but I was inspired to be a part of Indoles. The Rylan Cotter scholarship is really amazing,” said Alana MacDonald, a junior at Mason High School.

Originally, the scholarship was named the Indoles scholarship and was awarded to students attending college for visual or performing arts. This year, only one scholarship will be given, and the student will be chosen based on an application and essay. Cotter died in 2008.

“I also attended last night and it was phenomenal. My son is also performing tonight. This is my first year attending,” said Anne Hudgins. “Indoles is a great opportunity to see students and some middle school students perform and to support the arts and the Rylan Cotter Scholarship.”

This year, Indoles sold an estimated 638 tickets from both performances and raised $2,552. A $1,500 scholarship will go to a student at the end of the year and the rest of the money will go to SEND, a student organization dedicated to education and development in Nigeria.

“In 2008, one of the original members that helped found and came up with the name Indoles passed away. It’s very difficult time when Indoles comes around each year. She was a huge part of Indoles and a wonderful person, so we decided to name the scholarship after her. To me every year the show is dedicated to her. I just don’t want to let her down,” Jackson said.

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