Presented by the GRB Helping Other People Everywhere (HOPE) Club, the show attracted hundreds of people in the school’s auditorium for laughs, sing-alongs and a memorable night.
Admission donations were split among three charitable organizations: HOPEPRINT, K2 Adventures Foundation and Alex’s Lemonade stand, which provided GRB students and their supporters to make a lasting impact on the local, national and international stage.
Perhaps the most difficult job of the night was led by judges: science teacher Jeffrey Rothrock, special education teacher Kara Palmer and math department chairwoman Penny Downing. The three looked at each act’s creativity, preparation, sportsmanship, talent and audience reactions. Art teacher Meredith Williams joined student Alexis Phelps for a rendition of “Landslide” by the Dixie Chicks, while Rothrock said he was “jelly” of Emily Porter’s piano skills after she plated “Angels’ Voice” by Burgmülller.
Student Ryan Barry wowed the crowd with his comedic routine and Devon Searor impressed his classmates by dancing around the stage. Babette Dunham belly-danced her way to favoring remarks by each judge and Shane Nichols impressed everyone with his guitar skills.
Several additional acts pleased the crowd, but ultimately Alexis Barth took home a first-place win for her acoustic “Temporary Home” version of the Carrie Underwood song. Second-place went to Kevin VanBuren, who impressed both the judges and audience members with his guitar skills as he played the national anthem and “Eruption” by Eddy Van Halen. Kira Whitehead came in third-place for her powerful performance of “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. The Most Unique honors went to Dunham, while audience favorite went to Searor.
All students who placed in the competition received gift certificates from the event’s sponsors: Kathy’s Cakes & specialty Treats, Lakeview Lanes, Fajita Grill, Domino’s, Blue Moon Grill, Pizza Hut and the Fulton Fire Association. A special thanks also went out to Len Senecal, the night’s emcee.