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5th-Grader’s Hands Shine On Stage

Fifth-grader Emma McLaughlin-Orton (pictured) took her spot on center stage. As the music to Katy Perry’s “Firework” began, she started signing the words with white-gloved hands; she moved her body to the music and mouthed the words. Sorensen Magnet School students carrying juggling pins surrounded her and the lights went down. The darkness set off her glowing gloves and the glow-in-the-dark pins, resembling fireworks in the sky. The performance at the Coeur d’Alene elementary school, an arts and humanities magnet school, was intended to showcase student jugglers, but McLaughlin-Orton’s hands stole the show. Three times per year the school has artists in residence. To wrap up a week with two world-class jugglers, the students were asked to come up with an act/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Did anyone know you had talent when you were a fifth-grader?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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