STAR SEARCH AT BROOKINGS-HARBOR HIGH
March 15, 2005 11:00 pm
Trademark 5150 – Ryan LaThorpe, left, Sam Brown, Jessica Goergen and Jason Bay – performs "I Hate Myself for Loving You," which won the group first place. ().
Trademark 5150 – Ryan LaThorpe, left, Sam Brown, Jessica Goergen and Jason Bay – performs "I Hate Myself for Loving You," which won the group first place. ().

Pilot story and photos

by Andrea Barkan

From a flapper-era jazz solo to a dramatic reading duet, Friday night's eighth annual Brookings-Harbor High School Talent Show offered up acts as unique as the performers themselves.

The audience saw everything from classical piano performances to original folk rock – but it was Trademark 5150's cover of Joan Jett's "I Hate Myself for Loving You" that stole the show.

Vocalist Jessie Goergen belted out Jett's lyrics while band members Jason Bay, on guitar, Ryan Lathorpe, on bass, and Sam Brown, on percussion, channeled 1980s pop-punk style.

The audience was roared with approval as Emcees Adam Ehlers and Mike Chambers announced Trademark 5150 as the show's first-place winner.

First-place prize was $75.

Judges chose the show's queens of drama for second and third place honors.

Jennifer Trailor, a junior, earned second place and $50 for her monologue from the recent Chetco Pelican Players musical "Once Upon a Mattress."

Sophomores Alexis Purvee and Heather Hughes took home third place and a $25 prize for their poignant performance of the skit "Watermelon Boats" by Wendy MacLaughlin.

A plethora of other acts lit up the stage in the packed high school auditorium.

Two singers lost their piano player when vocal music teacher Jerry Moffit had an emergency that kept him from the show.

But Moffit's absence didn't stop juniors Jessica Merwin and Grace Kettman from giving impressive a cappella performances of "Killing Me Softly" and "All That Jazz," respectively.

Sunnydale members Rebecca Brickley, Matt Harrison and Alyssa McClelland-Bane performed Brickley's original song "Continuum."

Freshman Skylar Shuford kicked off the show with his saxophone rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Diana Hall, a junior, sang the Beatles classic "Let it Be." She also played piano.

Junior Jacob Fausett sang "Spend Another Night," a track off the "Notting Hill" soundtrack.

Freshmen Christopher and Marianne Neighbor showcased their pleasing piano skills by playing the "Star Wars" theme and the "William Tell Overture," respectively.

The Pen 15 Club brought true rock-star style to the stage with their version of "Like a Stone" by Audioslave.

Members of The Pen 15 Club include vocalist Kristie Winberg, guitarist Jake Brattain, bass player Warren Geraghty and Chris Seamons on percussion.

Staff Infection – teachers Kristy Kleespies, Perry Kleespies, Kathy McKee, Kristi Fulton and Diane Kinney – had the audience in stitches with the night's final number: their song "Teachers Who Don't Do Anything."