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“The Gong” was also introduced, which would be rung if the judges found the talent unfavorable beyond measure. A concept modeled after the game show. The show opened with a former High School Battle of the Bands winner, Red Means Go. Viau was pleased with the first act and said, “If the instruments were weapons, you’d slaughter the competition.” Nicholas Fosman presented the second act with his rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You” and was the first to hear the ring of “The Gong.” “It was Art!” cried Student Council President,
Joe Sweeney, from the audience as a grinning Fosman made his way offstage to prepare for his next comedic intermission. The show continued with Serena Sok, accompanied by Anna Fallisi, singing “Talking to the Moon,” then Leawndra Oseghali and John Breen performed Wicked’s “Defying Gravity,” which Viau thought was “wicked good.” Chrisanthe Pantazopolous performed the first dance act, and was promptly followed by Destiny Bonneau. Mr. Magic (A.K.A. Fosman) made another
appearance as he jumped into the program between acts, only to be “Gonged” off the stage. Lexi Warnick, after Maddy Maienza’s vocal rendition of “Happily Ever After,” took a seat at the school’s piano to play “Solfeggio in C Minor.” Thunderous applause followed her performance as the judges praised her talent. One tough act followed another as Samantha Leone, a senior, laid some Hairspray on the
Leone gives a “wicked” performance in front of judges Viau, Preston, and Bujold Crystal Napoli on the harp, awes the audience
audience with “Good Morning Baltimore.” Intermission followed Leone’s performance, but the audience’s attention was still drawn to the stage by the appearance of Monty the Python. Students at the school had
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Another new item for the evening was the chance to win a troy ounce of gold valued at $1,785. The highest bidder had the chance to pick one of three velvet bags, two containing a silver dollar, and one the gold. The winner bought two of the three bags and one contained the gold. Auction item 19, Fund-A-Need, provided a
chance for attendees to donate money for Summer Camperships, funds to help children attend summer camp. With donation levels ranging from $1,000, help send a Kid to Camp for the Summer, to a $50
voted for one lucky teacher to kiss the school’s snake the previous week during lunchtime hours. Bujold was announced as the unfortunate winner, but received Monty the Python warmly and proceeded to plant a kiss on his scaly back. The show resumed with Jess Derosa and then revealed a rather unique performance as Crystal Napoli stepped onstage.
Napoli took her seat at the harp to perform Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” Bujold said that he had
never liked Celine Dion until now. Jordanne Miller, dancing
to “At Last,” leaped her way on and off the stage. She was followed by Kristen Foster,
Debra Wilmarth took to the stage to announce a three-way tie between Samantha Leone, Crystal Napoli, and Jordanne Miller. To break the tie the judges allowed the audience to elect the winner by gauging their applause as Viau presented each participant. As Wilmarth and Viau reached the final contestant, Samantha Leone, the audience boisterously applauded, proclaiming Leone the winner. As she left the stage with her $100, Leone was surrounded by her friends and family. She said that this was her first and final talent show as she would be graduating and was ecstatic that she had won.
All proceeds from Salem High’s Got Talent went to the sophomore class of 2014.
Williams showcases his musical talents
accompanied by Lexi Warnick, singing “Gravity” then the comedic pairing of Lindsay Coleman and Jacob Gallagher. Abby Lehner and Jessica Liston gave a heartfelt performance as Lehner sang “Skinny Love” and dedicated the song to her mother, leaving the judges touched. Buck and Napoli then took the time to introduce the final two acts; Mike William’s band, showcasing the skills of Dan Schmidt on guitar, James Ota on bass, Andrew Zani on drums and of course, Mike Williams on lead guitar. This group was followed by the singing of Geoffrey Adams. The final act, Adams, stepped on stage with 30s style flair for his performance of “Mack the Knife” and ended the show on a good note.
Bujold gives Salem High’s Monty Python a kiss
Tuscan Kitchen staff volunteered their time to cater the event.
general donation to Summer Camperships, the club raised its highest amount to date on the item brining in about $30,000. Club alumni Kaitlyn Beal shared her story about losing her father at 10 years old and the room fell silent. Beal said the club became part of her family and scholarships to the club allowed her to attend. “It was the only place I could truly be a kid,” said Beal, saying she had to step up at home and help take care of her two siblings. Beal began working for the club in 2006, received the club’s Youth of the Year award in 2007, and graduated Salem High School in 2008. She now works as a medical assistant in Massachusetts and said she truly enjoys it. Funds raised by the auction reached record highs, according to Special Events coordinator Denise Dolloff. ”Although all the totals are not yet recorded, we estimate that we had a banner year with earnings of $130,000 for the Club. I attribute that to the hard work and dedication of the Auction Committee and their years of experience with this great event.” For Dolloff, this was her first auction working for the club, and dedicated countless hours to making it a success. Flynn was
Amy and Howie Glynn after winning the 50-50 raffle.
excited about totals generated for the club. “Bidders overwhelmingly supported the club with their active bidding and support of our fund a need program for summer camps.” She thanked the committee for their hard work and said she looks forward to next year.
Diane Maddox shows off her ‘Sparkle and Shine’ box containing a pair of diamond earrings.
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