Able emcees take the stage

Valley’s Abilities Club will host an open-mic night and rap battle contest in Monarch Hall on May 19.

By Courtney Meloche and Jamie Garcia, Special to the Star

Valley College students and the surrounding community will have a chance to show off their “abilities” next week when the campus’ Abilities Club hosts its fourth annual “Open-Mic Night and Rap Contest.”

According to Valley’s website, the Abilities Club offers students with disabilities the chance showcase their talents, and provide opportunities for growth and expression.

Dean Valentino, the college’s special services assistant, adds that the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office serves about 1,000 students per semester. The office, at the student services annex, offers counseling, testing assistance, tutoring, and digital recording.

“I enjoy working here,” Valentino said.  “I’ve been able to help many students with disabilities over the years.”

The Abilities Club free event, boasting the theme “Don’t-Dis-My-Ability,” will take place Thursday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Monarch Hall.

Attendees can look forward to live music, spoken-word poetry, and a featured performance by DJ M&M.  The rap contest winner, decided by applause, will win $100, with additional prizes for second and third place. Refreshments will be available for a small fee.

“This event is for anyone on campus with or without a disability,” says Dave Mallas, faculty advisor to the club and head baseball coach at Valley. “Students look for a platform to perform at a public venue and to play in front of 100 people is a big deal. People get a chance to hear their own voice, to show their talents in front of friends and family.”


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