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Rhythm N’ Harmony sweeps major prizes at the CNMI’s Got Talent

THE RHYTHM N’ Harmony glee club from Marianas High School took three major prizes at the 2014 the CNMI’s Got Talent competition hosted by Bridge Capital LLC at the Pacific Islands Club on Friday evening.

Rhythm N’ Harmony won the grand prize of $1,500, the $1,000 Best Group Award and the $1,000 Governor’s Choice Award.

The first mini-grand prize winner was the Out of the Ordinary group which won $1,200 in cash. Kevin Liang, a fifth grader at Saipan Community School and a violinist, won the 2nd mini grand prize of $1,000.

The first runner up which won $500 in cash was the Marianas High School Dolphin Pep Band. Second runner up and the winner of $400 in cash was DJ Santiago, while the Glushko’s Academy of Performing Arts was third runner up and received $300.

Angela Barbo as fourth runner up won $200, while Nikkie Ayuyu, fifth runner up, won $100 and received the Best from Tinian prize of $500. There was no contestant from Rota

Rhythm ‘N Harmony director Paul Dujua said they started practicing their winning piece last week.

“I did not have the complete arrangement done until Wednesday. We are so overwhelmed. It was certainly unexpected. I was hoping to win something, but definitely we never thought that we would be taking home three prizes!” Dujua told the Variety.

Rhythm N’ Harmony members pose for a photo with Bridge Capital executives after winning three major prizes in the 2014 the CNMI’s Got Talent competition at the Pacific Islands Club on Friday.  Photo by Raquel C. Bagnol

He said they were grateful to Bridge Capital, the judges, the audience, “out hardworking Glee Club, our adviser Harold Easton, Friends of the Arts board, all the parents of Glee for their understanding and support and to the Almighty where all blessings come from.”

The members of the Rhythm N’ Harmony Glee Club are Anne Cruz, Diane Hermogenes, Emily Jones, Joselle Reyes, Jennella Nelmida, Annabel Manzo, Shaina Santiago, Paula Gozon, Grace Catalma, Shandel Cayabyab, Leonard Manuel, John Huevos, Jameson Kui Lee, Neil Fama, Miguel Aninon, Noel Jimenez, Roland Balajadia, John Cano, Vivien Viernes and Rolando Sangalang.

The judges for the talent competition were Judge Perry Inos Sr., Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Torres, Rep.-elect Angel Demapan, Evert Van der Maas and Marianas Variety publisher Laila Boyer.

Fourteen participants were chosen to compete for the 2014 CNMI’s Got Talent. The other contestants were Verina Saralu, a student at Northern Marianas College, Abby Racoma, a pop ukulele player, Full Mun, a small ensemble created with members of the MHS Dolphin Pep Band, Jeffrey Centino, a guitar player from Saipan Southern High School, Joshua Castro and TK Pacifiku, two 13-year-old Hopwood Junior High School students who presented a cultural dance.

Lucky winners also went home with various prizes during the raffle draw: 50-inch TVs, cellphones, cash prizes, and other items.

The CNMI Got Talent competition was held during the Christmas party of Bridge Capital LLC.