Ozarks Life: The Reese Roberts Talent Show
BOIS D’ARC, Mo. (KY3) – At Bois D’Arc Elementary School, students learned firsthand what can happen if you really strive to do something big.
“This year, I was really looking forward to it,” Reese Roberts, sixth grader at Bois D’Arc Elementary School, said of the annual talent show.
But this spring…
“We just wouldn’t have any this year,” said school principal Dr Karie Julian.
To prevent acts from being cut and to prevent rowdy rowdies, Dr. Julian has canceled this year’s talent show.
Reese was crushed. But soon, the sixth-grader came up with a brilliant plan.
What if his favorite country music star shows up at the show in Bois D’Arc?
“(Dr. Julian) said if I brought Jason Aldean to our school,” Reese said, “we would definitely have the talent show. So honestly, I was like, okay, I’ll do it !”
“I thought that would be it,” joked Dr. Julian. “I should never have underestimated Reese though.”
The only problem is that the country megastar has no idea who 12-year-old Reese Roberts is.
“When she first told me about it,” said Reese’s mother, Kristen Roberts, “I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, sure Reese, go for it.’ And she’s on the computer. I’m like, ‘Reese, you need to get ready for bed.’ “But mom, I need to find his address.” She was going to send him a letter.
When that failed, she called her restaurant in Nashville. Again, no luck.
“Then later I was like, Bobby Bones talked to Jason Aldean a couple weeks ago,” Reese said. “Then why don’t I try to call her?” people call (on his show) all the time.
On Monday, the national radio host’s telephone lines were busy all morning. Tuesday, she passed and was put on hold!
“She said, ‘Bobby can take your call,’ but I should have waited longer and taken the MAP tests,” Reese said.
“The fact that she was worried about missing the MAP test was huge,” Dr Julian said. “She hung up the phone and they had to call back the next day not knowing if she would come through.”
But on Wednesday, she succeeded. Bones let Reese “get his shot.”
“Maybe I could ask Jason Aldean to duet with me and sing 1994,” Reese said on air.
“I’m just going to ask him to text me,” Bobby replied, “he probably won’t be able to. But what if, because I could probably text him and be like, would send Do you give my buddy Reese a video introducing you to your performance?”
A few minutes later, Bobby Bones received another call.
“As I was taking my daughter to school this morning and hearing you guys talking,” Jason Aldean replied on the radio show, “yes, I’m definitely up for the video! Hope that She’ll have better luck in my first talent show than I. They didn’t even want me in it.
“It made me cry,” Reese said. “I would like to talk to him. And I was, I was overjoyed.
“We’re talking to Jason Aldean,” Kristen said, “that’s not a normal Wednesday morning thing.”
Reese got Jason Aldean on the Bois D’Arc Talent Show – sort of. And so Dr. Julian had to keep his promise.
“She is a great example of perseverance and never giving up and chasing your dreams,” Dr. Julian said.
On Wednesday, 12 acts gathered their courage and performed in front of their classmates. From music to magic then the magical and musical finale of the day.
“Hey Bois D’Arc, it’s Jason Aldean,” came from Aldean’s home video showing on the big screen near the stage. “I want you to welcome my girlfriend Reese on stage, she sings one of my songs, ‘1994’ so Reese, take it.”
The final brought down the gymnasium.
“Honestly, when I’ve thought of something,” Reese said, “I want to achieve it. I want to go where I can’t go anymore.
“I’m trying to teach myself not to underestimate her,” Kristen said.
As for the future of the Bois D’Arc Elementary Talent Show?
“It will certainly be a tradition that will continue,” said Dr Julian. “I think often for children, the courage it gives to stand up in front of everyone is huge. And it’s just a lot of fun and a great memory for kids.
And for Reese, this show is just the beginning.
“I’ll sit down sometimes and just dream about what I want to do with my life,” Reese said, “I’d like to be a country music star.”
Reese is set to join Bobby Bones on air next week to recap how the talent show has gone.
Everyone is very grateful for the time that Bobby Bones and Jason Aldean gave to this 12 year old at Bois D’Arc.
Here’s a link to Reese’s phone call to the Bobby Bones Show asking for help; and get the surprise call from Aldean.
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