Abilities Club hands the mic to talented Monarchs

Students will display an array of aptitudes at the Abilities Club’s very first Open Mic Night.

By Zaida Diaz, Staff Writer

An evening of inspiration and entertainment hits the  Monarch Hall stage Oct. 22, as Abilities Club members and other Valley students take the spotlight.

“Our goal is to recognize and broadcast the talent and abilities of students as well as to raise awareness of students and individuals with disabilities,” said Abilities Club representative, Daniel Parsons.

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, the Abilities Club will present Open Mic Night on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the Monarch Hall Auditorium. The club was created in the fall of 2013 with the aim of empowering students with special needs by providing them with responsibilities outside their daily routines.

The club represents students with special needs/disabilities ranging quite broadly. “These include: attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, developmental disabilities (“Down Syndrome”, “Cerebral Palsy”, “Autism”), degenerative disabilities (muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis), and acute brain injury (trauma),” said Parsons.

Guests can expect to see performances by a multitude of talented members and other Valley students, as well as special guest appearance: radio personality, actor, and stand-up comedian Frazier Smith.

Acts will be about 7-to-10 minutes each and will include guest speakers, live music, stand-up comedy, and much more.

Parsons is particularly eager to see members Rashard Burnett And Laverne Cade show what they can do.

“I am excited about our rapping act Rashard Burnett, he’s a great story and inspiration,” said Parsons. “He is an intelligent, talented, driven individual who has had to fight to get to where he is today.” Burnett has not allowed the fact that he is in a wheelchair interfere with his drive for success.

“Laverne Cade is a playing the saxophone; I’m looking forward to that too,” he said.

Monarchs who wish to showcase their talents can reach Daniel Parsons at (818) 751-4529. The Abilities Club will also take last minute sign-ups from 5:30-6:00pm in Monarch Hall before the event starts. The earlier Monarchs sign up, the more likely they are to secure an allotted time.

Open Mic Night 

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6:00p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Monarch Hall Auditorium

Admission is free; refreshments included.


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