HANNIBAL – A mixture of academics, singing, acting and traditional Georgian dance filled the annual Hannibal High School Junior/Senior Talent Show.
Ashley Mills opened the show with the song, “You’re Not There,” to which the crowd in the high school auditorium erupted in cheer.
Teacher Joseph Meyer and judge told her, “You sing much better than I could.”
The skit, “Roommates” was performed by Abigail Kyle and Kiersten Lathrop, while the “Blood, Sweat and Tears” dance was performed by Taylor Felber.
One of the show’s highlights came during the first act with student Brent Wiggins challenging Principal Stephen Dunn to a math challenge.
Wiggins won the challenge by answering several of the questions correctly, using only his mind. Dunn, who was happy to participate, received a standing ovation with Wiggins from the judges and a few audience members.
Maria Przepiora closed out the first act by singing “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” while exchange student Giorgi Gozalishvili performed a traditional Georgian dance to “Shatilis Asulo” to open the second act. The judges commented on the weirdness and awkwardness of the skit “Sectionals” by Hannah Kuc, Paige LaFurney, Trey Rappleye, Evan Salmonsen, Abigail Weldin and Andrew Wheeler, while Caitlyn Kerst and Steven Boyer won the hearts of the judges as Kerst sang while Boyer played the guitar to the song, “Hallelujah.”
Two live chickens made a guest appearance during the “Chicken by the Tenders” song, by Emily Howland, Lacee Howland, Velvet Howland, Alice Lanning, Antoinette Lanning, Autumn Lanning and Hannah Svereika.
The hilarious song, about a love for snacking on chicken, brought tons of laughs and smiles.
Emcee and host for the event was Victor Licatese.
Guest judges included Meyer and fellow teachers Kristina Licatese-Linn, Kathryn Oaks and guidance counselor Brooke Fingland, who scored each act on a scale of one to five.
The entire senior class closed out the show by singing, dancing and performing air guitar solos to “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.
The event served as a fundraiser for the senior class.