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TALENT CONTEST DRAWS A FULL HOUSE

Mariah Gurney won third place for her musical performance. (The Pilot/Bill Schlichting).
Mariah Gurney won third place for her musical performance. (The Pilot/Bill Schlichting).

By Bill Schlichting

Pilot staff writer

Redwood Theater was packed and people had to be turned away Thursday night for the Brookings-Harbor High School sophomore class talent show.

All seats, a row of chairs in the back and a row of chairs in the front were filled. A few people stood along the walls for the event titled "A Night on the Town."

Five judges heard 17 performers during the night. All of the performers presented musical talents.

Winning the first place trophy was Take 28, a rap duo consisting of Skylar Shuford and Andrew Troendle. They performed their original song and dance called "The American Hat Dance." Shuford and Troendle also danced with Alex and the Coolettes, consisting of Alex Riddle, Kari Howe and Kelsey Barnes.

Also winning trophies were second place, Kayla Hamm, performing her original composition, "The Art of Life" on piano; Mariah Gurney performing "I Can't Get You"; and Chris Neighbor who played the fast-paced "Turkish March" on the piano while blindfolded.

While judges tallied their ballots, a group of teachers calling themselves Staff Infection entertained the audience.

Judges were Jerry Moffit, retired music educator; Hayley McElle, choreographer and dance studio owner; Johnathon Lee, music store owner and record producer; Megan Walters, instrumentalist and vocalist; and Steve Poponi, Brookings-Harbor School District board president. Tallying the votes was Susan Itzen, music teacher.

Between acts, Jackson DeHaven, Kelly Aldrich and Nicole Cuoco exchanged banter about the performers.

The talent show is one of the biggest fundraisers for the class of 2010. Proceeds go toward class activities, the most costly being the 2009 prom.

Also performing were Richard McMaster and Dustin Maertz, and later McMaster performed solo; Matthew Miller; Rebecca Brickley; Steven Dornbush; Colleen Gibson; Ally Manley; Tony Chierichetti; Amber Peterson and Athena Campbell; Jessie and Andrew Goergen; Emily Fettig; and Jeremy Collins.

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