Last night was the NYCE talent show, the first event in a series of many culminating our final week together, and it was phenomenal. More than a score of students took the stage to awe audience and judges with performances ranging from classical and jazz piano, dancing, singing accompanied by ukulele, piano, and sun-glass-sporting back-up dancers, electrifying B-boxing, to a meta-theatrical skit and poem on performing in the talent show. The stars of the talent show, however, were not just the ones that graced the stage but also the ones that clapped, cheered, laughed, and sang along from their seats. NYCE’s got talent but, more than that, in less than four weeks it has developed from a group of strangers to a supportive and loving community. Encore!