SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii- Soldiers, spouses and military affiliates were greeted by flashing cameras and elegantly dressed ushers as they walked the red carpet to watch talent hopefuls take the stage during a U.S. Army Festival of the Arts and Recreation Program Events Competition, Talent Show at the Tropics Recreation Center, here, Saturday.

The show included 10 acts in categories including vocal soloists, vocal/ instrumental bands, individual dancers and specialty.

Out of the six competitors Mrs. Ashley Bartlett, wife of Sgt. Stephen, mechanic, 82nd Engineer Battalion was chosen as the winner for the vocal soloist category. She performed a song titled "Army Wives" that she wrote while her husband was deployed.

"I love to sing and this particular song I had never sung in front of anybody. I thought it would be inspirational," said Bartlett about what motivated her to participate in the event. "While on stage I was nervous but I felt proud. It's so different; I've been in a lot of talent competitions but never sang a song that I wrote so it was very special to me".

The winners were chosen by the audience's vote in each category.

The Army Festival of the Arts and Recreation Program is not only to identify top local talent but is a feeder program for the U.S. Army Soldier Show allowing qualified participants an opportunity to be considered for selection.

"We performed in the show mostly in hopes of running into more opportunity," said Spc. Paul Haarman, mechanic, U.S. Army Pacific, Headquarters and Headquarters Company Special Troops Battalion guitarist in the band "Drumless". "We accomplished what we came here for."

The talent show was organized and hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison- Hawaii Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program.

BOSS President Sgt. Eric Silvestre, USAG-H, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment took the lead on coordination for the event and subordinate BOSS unit representatives and soldiers filled the staffing positions for the show.

"It was a great way for those who performed to go out and show their talents and for the staff it was great to get the BOSS Soldiers together," said Silvestre. "I thought the talent was great, though we had a lot of vocalist, we also had a few different acts which gave the show a little bit of a variety."

"The staff really helped. I give a lot of credit to the BOSS Soldiers who helped out with the show," he added.

Those who performed during the show were allowed the opportunity to further display their talents by auditioning for the Soldier Show, which offers wide range of popular music and stage spectacle to soldiers and families on Army Garrisons worldwide.

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