Spectacular showcase of region's youth talent

STUDENTS from schools in and around Griffith helped light up the stage at the Schools Spectacular over the weekend.

More than 3600 performers from 400 schools across NSW took to the stage at the Sydney Entertain-ment Centre for the 30th annual event, with Binya Public School, Wade High School and Griffith High School doing this region proud.

Among them were five Binya Public School students and one from Barellan Central, who worked hard to prepare for the performance even fundraising in the lead up to ensure they could make it.

They were part of the combined dance called Pure Imagination, which involved 340 students.

Thirteen-year-old Tom Geddes-Kanety from Binya Public School described the experience as "amazing".

"I thought the stage would have been bigger but apart from that it was just as good as I expected it to be," she said.

"The crowds were massive and really loud and supportive.

"It was a bit overwhelming."

Classmate Amelia Burcham said it was an experience she would never forget.

"We want to thank everyone who helped us get there and our dance teacher Robyn and our teachers at Binya Public," she said.

"We were in the Pure Imagination segment and were flannel flowers for the performance.

"It was a lot of fun."

After months of hard work to fine tune their acts, the local students performed four shows over Friday and Saturday.

Wade High School year 10 student Cody Cosson was part of the Aboriginal Dance Company.

Meanwhile Dannielle Overs, Sineytah Monaghan, Brad Lyons and Katie Romeo performed in the Aboriginal Combined Dance Ensemble.

Talented Griffith High students also showed their moves on stage at the Schools Spectacular.

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