• Children from the schools of Firaja and Boda participated in a talent show hosted by the school principal and the troops of Kosovo Forces June 18. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    Children from the schools of Firaja and Boda participated in a talent show hosted by the school principal and the troops of Kosovo Forces June 18. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

  • A group of girls performed a dance routine to a popular hip-hip song during a school talent show June 18. The children had about a week to put their routines together. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    A group of girls performed a dance routine to a popular hip-hip song during a school talent show June 18. The children had about a week to put their routines together. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

  • Polish Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mijrci Jrzlowcka presents his score to an act during a school talent show June 18. The judges were asked to score the performances using a one to five scale, five being the best. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    Polish Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mijrci Jrzlowcka presents his score to an act during a school talent show June 18. The judges were asked to score the performances using a one to five scale, five being the best. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks...

  • A group of boys performed to the popular song "Harlem Shake" during their routine for a school talent show June 18. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    A group of boys performed to the popular song "Harlem Shake" during their routine for a school talent show June 18. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

  • Young girls dressed in traditional outfits performed a dance together during a school talent show June 18. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    Young girls dressed in traditional outfits performed a dance together during a school talent show June 18. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

  • A young boy dressed in a traditional outfit performed a solo dance for the audience at a school talent show June 18. He was announced the winner of the show and presented a certificate from Kosovo Forces and a book from the school principal. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    A young boy dressed in a traditional outfit performed a solo dance for the audience at a school talent show June 18. He was announced the winner of the show and presented a certificate from Kosovo Forces and a book from the school principal. (U.S. Army...

  • U.S. soldiers with Liaison Monitoring Team Six intermingle with the community and enjoy the school talent show June 18. The talent show was hosted by the Firaja principal and LMT 6. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

    KFOR troops, school principal host talent show

    U.S. soldiers with Liaison Monitoring Team Six intermingle with the community and enjoy the school talent show June 18. The talent show was hosted by the Firaja principal and LMT 6. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Parks, 4th Public Affairs Detachment)

FIRAJA, Kosovo- More than 70 children participated in a talent show organized by Kosovo Forces and school administrators June 18. Liaison Monitoring Team Six worked with the Firaja school principal to put the event together for the communities of Boda and Firaja.

"The idea for the talent show was my idea," said U.S. Army Sgt. Megan Kent, a noncommissioned officer of LMT 6 and native of Lebanon, Mo. "With the help from LMT 6 and the principal of Firaja, we worked together to coordinate it."

Kent got the idea from her personal childhood.

"The reason I decided to bring up the talent show idea is because it is something we do back home at the end of the school year," Kent said.

The principal provided the sound equipment needed as well as books for prizes for first, second and third place. Kent and her team provided two of the four judges and additional prizes for the children.

U.S. Army Pfc. Daniel Quevedo, a member of LMT 6 and a Miami native, said "Some of these towns haven't seen [KFOR] in a really long time, so we just want to make sure that they see us working with the kids and the teachers."

Quevedo added that events like the talent show reinforce the mission of KFOR, but also remind the communities that they are here to make friends and learn about their culture.

Children performed acts like singing, traditional and hip-hop dancing, and skits. The troops were also treated to poetry reading and traditional stories.

"The kids have been training for about a week, putting acts together," said Quevedo.

Polish Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mijrci Jrzlowcka, one of the judges selected from KFOR, said the day was excellent.

"My favorite part of the day was the little boy who danced," Jrzlowcka said. "Today is important in my opinion because KFOR and the local people should be more cooperative and interactive."

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