Rockvember Fest talent show winner Garman Xu, a freshman, plays "Prokofiev Gavotte Op. 12 No. 2" by Sergei Prokofiev. (Photo by Shimin Zhang)

Freshman Carnegie Hall performer wins Rockvember Fest talent show (SLIDESHOW)

At the annual Rockvember Fest on Nov. 8, students took a break from classes for advisee conferences, games such as dodgeball, advisory group activities and a talent show. From seven acts, the judges – English teacher Jason Hinojosa, chemistry teacher Victoria Conner and senior Spencer Scott – chose freshman Garman Xu’s piano performance of “Prokofiev Gavotte Op. 12, No. 2” by Sergey Prokofiev and “Étude Op. 10, No. 12” by Chopin. Xu, who won a $50 gift card, has played at Carnegie Hall twice.

—By Larkin Barnard-Bahn