When Allison Graff and Kenny Regan heard their high school was holding a talent show, they knew they had to sign up for it.
"I wanted to do it because it's a talent show," Regan said. "Sure why not? Let's perform!"
Allison is a junior, and Kenny is a senior at Grant High School in northeast Portland. Together they wrote and performed a song at a talent show Friday, hosted by the Portland Police Bureau and the Z-Man Scholarship Foundation. They were among several students and student groups who showcased their talents in Friday's contest.
"It was awesome. It was incredible," Capt. Chris Uehara of the Portland Police Youth Services Division said. "All the acts that we saw out here at Grant really set the bar."
The talent contest at Grant High School is one of 12 that will be held at high schools across the Portland area.
"All the other schools will have to rise to the challenge and see what they will produce," Uehara said.
One winner will be selected from each school, and those winners will then compete in the Z-Man "Talent Within" competition on April 26. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
"Initially, we didn't even do it for the scholarship," Allison said. "We just did it for fun to, like, write a song together."
After an afternoon of singing and dancing, judges chose Allison and Kenny as the winner from Grant High School.
"It feels really good," Allison said. "We put a lot of work into it, so it's definitely a good feeling."
The "Talent Within" competition will be held on the University of Portland campus at the Chiles Center. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. All the proceeds will go to fund the Z-Man Foundation.
The Z-Man foundation was named in honor of Portland [olice officer Mark Zylawy. Zylawy was killed in a car crash while off duty in 2008. The foundation helps fund several youth programs throughout the city. For more information, log on to http://www.zmanscholarship.org
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