Acts from Wildcats baseball, lacrosse and volleyball took home awards at the 2016 Student-Athlete Talent Show, presented by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.), on March 7 at Cahn Auditorium. Proceeds from the event contributed to more than $6,500 raised by student-athletes in support of 2016 Northwestern Dance Marathon beneficiary Blessings In A Backpack this year.
Seniors Austin Carr of the football team, and Spring Sanders from lacrosse hosted the show. The night opened with a video montage of their exhaustive training for the role, preparation that paid off throughout the evening as they entertained the audience, interviewed acts and had the honor of presenting the show's awards at the conclusion.
But the decision on who deserved those awards was left to the show's three judges; Deputy Director of Athletics Brian Baptiste, Assistant Director of Athletics Jane Wagner and reigning Student-Athlete Talent Show champion Mike Trucco, a 2015 Northwestern graduate.
The trio was treated to 12 acts representing nine varsity programs, and performances that ranged from music to poetry to a fully-uniformed Rubik's Cube battle.
Monday's top overall prize went to senior Jake Stolley and freshman Jake Garbarino of the baseball team, who performed an original, arranged medley of songs with the former on ukulele and the latter accompanying on tambourine.
Garbarino felt fortunate to take home top honors in his rookie year.
"I had an amazing time doing my first talent show," said the freshman. "I had no clue what to expect, but [teammate Jake Stolley and I] prepared so I'd feel confident at the show, I couldn't have done it without him. The rest of the acts were amazing, especially Austin Carr's performance. I couldn't believe it when we were called for the best overall performance, I can't wait to do it again next year."
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