The Great Oak High School Key Club hosted the second annual Breakdown talent competition on February 22 as part of a fundraising effort to support Relay for
Breakdown featured dancing and singing acts from Great Oak High School, Temecula Valley High School, and the greater Oceanside area. It was a collaborative event, meant to put aside rivalries and have a friendly competition while raising money for the American Cancer Society.
Kay Fang, senior at Great Oak and event coordinator for Key Club, said the inspiration behind the event was to carry on the legacy of what began last year, and “the whole idea of helping others and helping to end cancer.”
The two-act competition was judged by Mrs. Marshall, Spanish teacher at Great Oak; Mr. Weeg, English teacher at Great Oak; and Mr. and Mrs. Qualm, regional Key Club representatives.
Marshall said, “It’s nice that everyone gets to show their talents.”
The Grey Matter Club at Great Oak, which raises money for brain cancer research, also sold baked goods at the event. There was also food sold by Key Club, a Polaroid photo booth for guests before and during intermission, and Luminaria bags sold to commemorate those who have lost their lives to
Performer Jhunclaire Ona is a senior at Great Oak and a member of the Zero to Hero hip-hop dance group which closed the second act. She directed Breakdown last year, but decided to volunteer backstage and perform one last time to commemorate her last year in high school.
She said, “As a performer, it’s really good for us to help out in the community, and the fact that we can do what we love as well as help our community is great.”
She says the motto for Zero to Hero is to grow as a dance community and events like Breakdown help with that.
The Alliance dance team from Temecula Valley High came in first place, followed by the Articulate dance crew, and Cadie Bates – a Great Oak senior who sang to a guitar accompaniment.
“It’s fun to give back, and we’re dancing for a cause, not just for a crowd or entertainment, we’re dancing for a reason and that’s a good feeling,” said Danielle Bonaparte of the Alliance dance team, just after winners were announced.
The total for proceeds collected reached $2,071, breaking last year’s record of $1,660.
“Hopefully Key Club-ers will carry this event on,” said Fang.