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Talent is Flourishing from Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center- Durango

The PbS Kids Got Talent Contest welcomed an incredible array of talent from young people in various facilities across the country, and the finalists from Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Center- Durango shone very bright. Talent is thriving out of Maricopa County as four of the 12 finalists in this year’s contest came from this facility.

Among them, Janorion M. emerged as the winner of the solo award with his mesmerizing rendition of "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur. From the very first verse, he left all viewers and judges stunned by his performance, effortlessly hitting all the right notes, seamlessly switching from chorus to verse and doing justice to the original performance. Janorion M.'s euphonious voice and emotional delivery made him a deserving champion of the competition. Here are some quotes from our judges on his performance, “I really really loved how into it you got, especially a minute in when the song picked up.”, “You gave the song your all and felt your passion for singing and music shine through so bright.”, “You have great stage presence.”

Devon R., another finalist from Maricopa County, captivated the audience with his excellent rendition of "Cry Baby" by Melanie Martinez. Devon R.'s unique voice and theatrical presentation of his video transported the judges into his world, and his ability to convey emotions through his music was truly commendable. Some quotes from our judges, “I love the different fresh take on the song, it was really cool to see your original take on it.”, “The lighting changes were a nice touch too.”

Dylan H., the next finalist proved that poetry can be a powerful means of expression as he showcased a beautiful and poignant short poem discussing how a rose can be created in the harshest environments, but how hard it can be for that rose to grow in that environment. His words painted vivid pictures and conveyed deep emotions, leaving a lasting impact on everyone who watched. Here are some thoughts on the poem from the judges, “Dylan H.'s talent for poetry revealed a thoughtful and introspective young individual, and his bravery in sharing his innermost thoughts through his art touched the hearts of the judges.”, “Your care came through from how much time you put into both writing and memorizing line after line--the audience is really able to hear your story.”

Last but not least, Colby B., with his exceptional musical talent. Singing and playing the guitar, Colby delivered a stunning performance of "Welcome Home" by Metallica. His musical prowess, coupled with his base playing skills, impressed the judges. “You’re a very talented guitar player.”, “ I loved how you started with just the instrumentals to let the audience really focus on your playing before you introduced the singing.”, “Singing and playing at the same time is difficult, I think by the end was when you got really into it and I loved the way you ended with such passion and grit.” Colby B.'s performance exemplified the power of music to unite and inspire, and it was evident that his passion for music was a guiding light during his time at the facility.

The PbS Kids Got Talent Contest provided a platform for these young individuals to shine and break free from the challenges of their past. Their performances not only entertained but also inspired, reminding us all of the potential for growth and greatness that lies within every young person, regardless of their circumstances. Congratulations to all the finalists and may their journey of self-discovery and talent development continue to flourish as they step into a brighter future.
Watch the performances of all our finalists from Maricopa County below.

Janorion M.                                                                                                                  Dylan H.

Colby B.                                                                                                                        Devon R.

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Nahom Woldesenbet

Nahom Woldesenbet

Nahom Woldesenbet is the Technical Support Associate for the PbS Learning Institute. Prior to working at PbS, Nahom was the IT support for Tango Therapeutics, He also recently graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with a degree in Information Technology.

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.