When Miriam Hoffer started teaching music at Panther Valley Elementary School in Nesquehoning she took over as the coordinator of the annual Talent Show from the PTO.

That was over 22 years ago.

Today, the show has been limited to fourth and fifth graders since there are 850 students in the elementary school. Hoffer said she holds tryouts and chooses around 25 of the best acts with a one-and-a-half- to two-hour program.

"There are no prizes," said Hoffer, "just the end of the year variety show."

She said that the children look forward to going into fourth grade so that they can try out for the show.

This year there was a variety of acts, from karate, to singing to dancing and hula hooping.

Since all of the children did so well, one might have to assume that with so much talent, it must have taken Hoffer quite awhile to decide who was going to perform on stage.