Take One competes in Purvis

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Take One competes in Purvis

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Take One performs "Wake Me Up" by Avicii.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Anne Bounds

Take One performs "Wake Me Up" by Avicii.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Anne Bounds

Photo courtesy of Carrie Anne Bounds

Take One performs "Wake Me Up" by Avicii.

Jasmyn Webb, News Editor

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This past Saturday, New Hope’s Take One Show Choir took on their first competition in Purvis, Mississippi, where they placed fourth.

Performing in the small division due to only having 21 people in the group—seventeen girls and four boys—they took on the compelling task of presenting what they love to do in front of people they’ve never seen before.

Samantha Oglesby, an avid vocalist and performer in the group, described how forceful the pressure can get from the competition by stating they work as hard as they possibly to try to seize the one-time chance. It is important that they perform the best they can. “We all work together to achieve the goal of winning,” Oglesby said.

Samantha Oglesby delivers a solo in "Human Heart."

Photo courtesy of Carrie Anne Bounds
Samantha Oglesby delivers a solo in “Human Heart.”

When asked how she prepares herself mentally and physically before competitions, Oglesby explained that she just zones out while focusing on the good things that could happen.

Mara Gray, another devoted Take One member, detailed how the processes of preparation and performance come together to make an inspiring product while performing such songs as “The Power of Love,” “Hate,” “Human Heart,” and “We Found Love.”

“When we first started practicing over the months, it was a simple concept of love, and it alters around it because there is so much hate in the world. The theme of love really opens your eyes.”

Gray expressed how blessed she feels to be gifting such a lovely notion to everyone, creating a temporary relief from the hate she sees throughout the world. She appreciates the reactions offered from everyone’s faces when they hit a really pleasant a cappella, or when they get into a dance move and view how the audience reacts to it.

Grey noted that everyone might not get along or ensure the same views, but it’s alleviating to continue to work together, thrust apart from your differences, and get done what needs to be done.

“I get that sometimes it’s hard to work with a group, but it feels good when you work together to reach a goal.”

After the fourth place finish, Gray reflected on how the position inspires her to become a better competitor for the near future. They will use the fact that they did not do as well as they hoped to push foreword to the forthcoming competition this weekend.

“We saw what we needed to work on, and this gives us the critique to repair it. Hopefully do we succeed to do way better in the future,” Gray expressed.

By performing songs such as “The Power of Love”, “Hate”, “Human Heart”, and “We Found Love.”