Horowhenua School’s conservation message impacts Showquest

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Levin East School took second place in the junior section of Showquest.

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Levin East School took second place in the junior section of Showquest.

A Levin School showed off their mastery of the performing arts by impressing the judges with a conservation-themed showcase.

Levin East School in Horowhenua came second in the junior section of Showquest, the nation’s largest performing arts competition for schools showcasing art, music, dance, drama, culture and technology.

The contest held regional digital broadcasts starting in May and ended with the finals live online at 4 p.m. on Friday.

The primary school, which won first place in last year’s competition, based its performance on the global extinction of animal species.

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Judge Van Horn said Levin East School’s performance touched him emotionally and he was impressed with the execution of their production.

“The performers were connected and engaged, which showed me that they all really believed in the message they were telling.

“It’s super important, and it had an emotional impact on me. Awesome storytelling.”

Describing its entry, the school said climate change, pollution, overfishing and trophy hunting had seen humans drive a million plant and animal species to extinction, many of them within decades.

“Our actions of greed, selfishness, and overindulgence cause death and destruction.”

Teams were judged by a panel including Suzy Cato, Elektra Shock, David Van Horn and Fasitua Amosa, on their technical and production skills, performance, movement and overall theme.

The school also won the overall junior award for best choreography, best costume and highlighting, as well as a joint award with Te Awamutu Intermediate for best theme.

Student Isabel Mcminn won the award for outstanding rangatahi.

In the senior section, Whanganui High School took third place and won Best Costume and Improvement, and shared the ZM Soundtrack Award with Rangiora High School in Canterbury.

Showquest producer Kelsey Moller said this year’s contestants showed great enthusiasm for creating, performing and sharing their stories on stage.

“Being involved in Showquest gives students a purpose to pursue and an avenue to express themselves creatively.

“It was amazing to see so many rangatahi performing on stage and feeling accomplished, despite the Covid-19 setbacks along the way.”

Rangikura School in Wellington won first prize in the junior category for their essay on the migration of the Pasifika people to Porirua.

With their play based on the life of Frida Kahlo, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School in Auckland won the open section, which was open to teams of pupils in Years 9-13.

Showquest is produced by Rockquest Promotions with support from the Department of Education, World of Wearable Art, Rockshop and ZM.

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