March 4, 2017
Organized by the Student Government Association (SGA), the 2017 SAIS' Got Talent variety show featured nine contestants eager to impress the student community. The contest began with the first round of open-ended questions related to international relations and current politics. In the second section, each contestant performed their unique talent.
Dennis Hong started with a tranquil Chopin nocturne on a keyboard piano, followed by Rachel Xian’s two love songs. Representing the Bologna students, Pelayo Gonzalez brought three songs with guitar accompaniment to the stage. Patrick Xiong impressed the audience with his wide vocal range by singing Vitas’ Opera 2. Chloe Colbert used her lyrical dance routine to captivate the energetic audience. Aniket Maitra, a true stand-up comedian, brought streams of laughter to the audience. As a music lover, Helen Ma performed a tune from Broadway favorite Hamilton with a wish that nobody will throw away their shot. Emmett Potts wowed the crowd with a spectacular O Sole Mio. Finally, the only MIEF contestant, Marco Kim pushed the evening to a new high with his K-Pop dance.
After the audience cast their votes, the winner of this year’s SAIS' Got Talent went to Pelayo Gonzalez and Marco Kim won second place.