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Senior’s coffeehouse finale, freshman’s coffeehouse debut

Delaney Sabino ('20) receives words of encouragement before singing her freshman coffeehouse debut. Sabino sang the song Arms by Christina Perri.

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Delaney Sabino ('20) receives words of encouragement before singing her freshman coffeehouse debut. Sabino sang the song Arms by Christina Perri.

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The Mobius Club put together their annual Coffeehouse on Thursday, Dec. 1. Students from all grades showed off their musical talent as the cafeteria, filled with students and parents, boomed with applause.

This Coffeehouse was the last for senior Megan Stoddard and the first for freshman Delaney Sabino. The experience for both performers consisted of various yet contrasting emotions.

“I’m sad because it’s my last coffeehouse performance, but I’m also just excited to perform because I’ve planned to go out with a bang,” Stoddard said.

Stoddard has been performing at the Coffeehouse since her sophomore year, when the courage to perform was first induced by her fellow members of the Mobius Club. Stoddard had wanted to perform her freshmen year after watching then-junior Gabby Piela sing with inspiring charisma, but she was too nervous.

“If I could tell my freshman self something, I would say there’s really no reason for anyone to get nervous because everyone will be so supportive. Even if you mess up, people will cheer for you,” Stoddard said.

Stoddard and her brother, Andrew (’19), performed Hallelujah Thursday night, a song that Stoddard had wanted to sing for a while. This was the year she had chosen to sing the song because it would be a tribute to Andy Cohen and a great way to serenade the finale of her Mobius Coffeehouse performances. Megan sings alongside her guitarist brother frequently, which she feels is comforting and a great bonding experience, yet her favorite performance was with her friend Cami.

If I could tell my freshman self something, I would say there’s really no reason for anyone to get nervous because everyone will be so supportive, even if you mess up people will cheer for you”

— Meghan Stoddard

“I think Andrew is sad I’m leaving. I want him to sing by himself because I know he can sing. I feel like he’ll be too nervous to, but even still I hope he at least will continue to play guitar for the coffeehouse,” Stoddard said.

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Meghan Stoddard (’17) converses with brother, Andrew, and friends before her last Coffeehouse performance.

The dissonant emotions of Delaney exposed her more adolescent ambition. Delaney sings for both school choirs, Women’s and Madrigals, which she feels is an honor to be accepted into being a freshman. Being one of the youngest in school performances isn’t anything foreign to her.

“The upperclassmen are so kind, understanding and very welcoming. It makes me feel very accepted and welcomed in a place where there is competition and so much talent,” Sabino said.

Though Sabino had never attended the Coffeehouse before, she didn’t have to think twice about signing up.

“I want to perform as much as possible and if there’s an opportunity to sing I take it because sometimes I’ll forget how amazing it feels to be up there, so I constantly want to revive that feeling because it’s so special to me,” Delaney said.

Sabino claims that her nerves are for reasons people might not think. She isn’t any more nervous about the performance going wrong as she is about it going especially well. Sabino chose to sing the song Arms by Christina Perri because it has an emotional connection to her.

“It’s beautiful and has a message about love and not really knowing to accept it,” Sabino said. “It’s a message I thought people would love to hear and I am excited to share it.”

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Sophie Ferreri is a senior and this is her third year writing for The Glen Echo. She attended an Investigative Reporting program at Boston University this...

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