SMS talent show raises money for cancer center


In this talent show, everyone involved was a winner.

At the end, no awards were presented, but all of the participants considered it a victory because the show helped a good cause.

Admission money and donations collected at the second “SMS Has Talent” on Thursday night at Seymour Middle School will go to the Don and Dana Myers Cancer Center in Seymour.

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This week, a check for $1,626.40 will be presented.

Last year, Tom Lucas, a teacher at the school and organizer of the show, said the proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society. This year, he decided to keep it local.

The cause hits close to home because he lost his mother and brother to cancer.

“What a big crowd tonight,” he said before singing Coldplay’s “Daddy.” “We’re going to go for a big cause, and we’ve had some kids work awfully long hours getting ready for this evening. It’s the most enjoyable two weeks of the entire school year for me. This is the part of the school year I enjoy the most.”

After Lucas sang, fellow staff members Sally Goodpaster, Jill McIntosh-King, Margaret Brown and Kurt Newkirk closed out the night with performances. Goodpaster sang Natalie Grant’s “When I Leave the Room,” Brown and McIntosh-King sang Reba McEntire’s “How Blue” and Brown and Newkirk performed Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” Brown played guitar for both songs, and Newkirk played the harmonica.

Earlier that night, students took to the stage. Ava Cooley opened the show by dancing to Vance Joy’s song “Riptide,” and Kaelin Grube and Jaidyn Nichols later sang that song while Grube also played a ukulele.

Duets were performed by Olivia Hendrix and Anna Marks with Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved” and Lucy Horton and Rayna Murphy with “The Other Side” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.”

Also, Lucas Jablonski played the “Star Wars” theme on a French horn, Josuan Padilla played guitar while singing Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect,” Malaine Lampkin sang Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” Evah Snyder sang Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” Savanna Ruane played the piano while singing Ruth B.’s “Lost Boy,” Horton sang “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” and Murphy sang Bruno Mars’ “Grenade.”

Eighth-grader Kaden Brock was the emcee, and he kept the crowd entertained by telling jokes in between acts.

At the end of the show, McIntosh-King played guitar and sang Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” and she was joined by the other participants toward the end of the performance.

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