Garden Plaza residents get ‘wowwed’ by DYW teens

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 7/19/17

Residents at Garden Plaza were treated to a little preview of this weekend’s Distinguished Young Women talent portion.

After dishing out ice cream for the group of residents, some of the …

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Garden Plaza residents get ‘wowwed’ by DYW teens

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Residents at Garden Plaza were treated to a little preview of this weekend’s Distinguished Young Women talent portion.

After dishing out ice cream for the group of residents, some of the DYW competitors shared snippets of their chosen talents, including singing, dancing, poetry and a monologue.

“I enjoyed it very much, I really did. I think they’re going to go places and do things if they continue to pursue their chosen arts,” said Garden Plaza resident Louis Hicks Glass.

Glass was particularly a fan of hearing the pianists play.

One of the first to perform was Melody Nolte, from Loretto, who sang part of Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.”

“I just like sharing my talent with other people, because it makes others happy,” Nolte said.

“I really like sharing happiness with other people — I don’t like spreading negativity, I just want to spread good feelings everywhere.”

Sumner County DYW representative Mia Rodriguez was not one of the girls who performed for the residents Tuesday night, but she appreciated her time spent with the group.

“I love meeting older people and getting to connect with them and their community,” Rodriguez commented.

“They’ve gone through a bunch of experiences that I can learn from, and being from out of town they (helped) me learn more about the community of Cleveland.”

Garden Plaza resident Don Baldree joked that he had missed his nap to catch the DYW performances, but that it was well worth it.

“I was well pleased with it and they did a good job,” Baldree said.

“It was the first time I ever had anything to do with this group, but I’d heard about it before. I thought the talents were real good.”

Following their evening at Garden Plaza, the DYW participants got back to work this morning with their program rehearsals moving to Lee University’s Dixon Center. Their lunch program will include a life skills workshop with News Channel 9 anchor Latricia Milburn, who was Tennessee Junior Miss in 2000.

The DYW preliminary program is fast approaching, and will be at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Dixon Center, with the finals being held at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com

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