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NOSA Talent Show Once Again Showcases Talent of Our Students

On Friday evening, January 20, 2017, the UMSL chapter of the National Student Optometric Association winner of the “Chapter of the Year” at the Annual National Optometric Association Meeting last July – once again hosted a great annual tradition, the NOSA Talent Show.  The Master of Ceremonies was Lulette Fermil (’19) who also provided between act entertainment. 

The show featured several talented students who could sing, play instruments, and dance.  The top winner was Madison Moss (’20), who gave a spellbinding performance in singing and playing the keyboards to the epic, Fleetwood Mac song “Landslide.”  Second place went to Kate Hamm (’19) who also gave a wonderful performance singing, “Lost Boy” by Ruth B. Kate also provided her own accompaniment on the keyboard.  Sara Taylor (’19) was awarded third place for an excellent dance routine to the song, “Latch” by Sam Smith. 

A very well received fourth place performance was by the duet consisting of Abigail Smith on guitar with vocals by Jackie Hinderks to the song “When We Were Young” by Adele.  In fact, although typically only the first three award winners are honored, Clinical Assistant Professor Erin Brooks provided funding for both fourth and fifth place finishers.  Judging the event were Clinical Assistant Professors Christine Gavett (‘91) and Casey Hamm (’15), and Director of Externships Angel Simmons (‘03).  Dr. Simmons said it best, “Once again it was an amazing showcase highlighting our students and their many talents! Such a wonderful annual tradition that benefits a great cause,” commented Simmons.

The winners! (Left to right): Sara Taylor (3rd place), Kate Hamm (2nd place), and Madison Moss (1st place) (photo by Heather Jackson ’19)

The Master of Ceremonies Lulette Fermil

Kate Hamm singing and on the keyboards

Abigail Smith (left) and Jackie Hinderks


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