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Andrea Barkan

A barbershop quartet, a rock band, an interpretive dancer and a martial artist were among the performers to take the stage Thursday night during Brookings-Harbor High School's seventh annual talent show.

Debra Hirjak-Hunt's soulful performance of her original song, andquot;Workin',andquot; earned her the winner's title and first-place prize of $50.

Hirjak-Hunt said she wrote the song, which was a throwback to bygone slave spirituals, in honor of Black History Month and to honor her friends the Grundys.

The Village Idiots, a barbershop andquot;quintetandquot; that quickly and comically became a quartet, took home second place and $25.

The idiots included Sam Sprague, Daniel Rufener, Nick Troendle and Andrew Rosenburg.

Quinn Troendle - the fifth would-be idiot - was shimmied off stage by his band mates after a few failed attempts at harmonizing proved too much of an auditory assault.

Travis Alcorn stole a lot of laughs and the third-place prize of $15 for his wacky dance.

A giant top hat covered Alcorn's head and shoulders. A painted face adorned his bare stomach and two staggered pairs of pants rounded out the optical illusion that made him look like a giant, clothed thumb.

Alcorn's fast, fancy footwork led him all over the stage to the delight of his audience.

During the band Civilian's performance, Jake Brattain illicited cheers for his guitar solo. Civilian members also include Warren Geraghty, Andrew Rosenburg and Chris Seamons.

Stewart Riddle sang andquot;Danke Shein,andquot; Jacob Cartwright crooned Creed's song andquot;Sacrifice,andquot; Lindsey Davis danced to andquot;My Immortalandquot; by Evanescense and La Toya Hale sang a cappella.

Dee Dee Christensen played piano and Diana Carter demonstrated Tae Kwon Do.

Even teachers got in on the act. Roland Norman, sophomore class advisor and construction technology teacher, played guitar and sang the classic andquot;Johnny B. Goode.andquot;

The show ended amidst fits of laughter as teachers Diane Kinney, Kristi Fulton, Kristy Kleespies and Kathy McKee - decked out in their frumpiest flannel - belted out andquot;Talk About Boogers.andquot;

For Charles Kocher, one of the judges, this year's show stood out as better organized, decorated and rehearsed than past shows.

Ticket sales raised money for the sophomore class, Norman said.