Alexandria Lakes Area Talent Show Crowns Two Harmonic Winners – Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — The vocal duo of Noah Hubbard and Leah Zenner won the second annual Lakes Area Talent Show at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 14.

Noah Hubbard, left, and Leah Zenner congratulate each other after accepting their top prize of $300 dollars from the Alexandria Lake District Chamber of Commerce at the second annual Lake District talent show in the center Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts on Thursday, April 14.

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Alexandria-area high school student Hubbard and sophomore Zenner won $300 in Chamber Bucks after winning first place for their rendition of Marvin Gaye and Tammi’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Terrell. Seven acts performed at the show.

“The show was wonderful. Everyone was amazing and we had a lot of bonding behind the scenes,” Hubbard said.

Each contestant received points from judges Chuck Grussing, Dave Holtz and Paulette Friday for entertainment, technical skill, stage presence and audience appeal.

Grussing said it was difficult to narrow down the top three and make the final decision. But in the end, it was the harmony between Hubbard and Zenner that sealed the deal.

“I thought they sang really well; their harmonies were perfect as far as I could tell,” Grussing said. “It is unfortunate that not all of these individuals and groups have been compensated in one form or another.”

Hubbard said that although their voices get a little sore during practices, he thinks the hard work has paid off.

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Aleah Dokter, 17, a senior at AAHS, dances to the Mumford and Sons song, “I Will Wait,” during the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.

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Aleah Dokter, 17, a senior at AAHS, took second place and $200 in Chamber Bucks for her self-choreographed contemporary dance to the Mumford and Sons song, “I Will Wait.”

Dokter’s pre-show biography said that the song reminded his mother of Dokter’s late father and that the song is a feeling of peace and happiness, knowing that no matter where your loved ones are, they will always be there for you. you.

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Maria Lichty performed her original poem, “To All Who Don’t Think They’re Beautiful,” at the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.

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Third prize, $100 in Chamber Bucks, went to Maria Lichty de Carlos for her original poem, “To Anyone Who Doesn’t Think They’re Beautiful”. Lichty’s biography says that the poem is close to her heart and that she chose to perform it because she believes it is essential to uplift others as much as possible.

“The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has 652 members, so winners can use the dollars at any affiliated business in Douglas County,” emcee Lynn Jenc, director of Alexandria Public Schools Community Education. “So he spends like cash.”

AAHS freshman Ethan Loeffler performed a classic piano piece titled “Clementi’s Opus 36 Sonatina Number 6.”

Loeffler performed and placed runner-up with the same song in the 2022 Music Teachers Association of Minnesota Piano Competition.

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Ethan Loeffler performed a classic piano piece titled “Clementi’s Opus 36 Sonatina Number 6” at the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.

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Aiden Bailey, 12, a sixth-grade student from Discovery Middle School, performed an original rap titled “The Fit.” Bailey has several original songs, which can be found under her performer name YungmoneyXD on Spotify, iHeart Radio, Amazon, and Apple Music.

Carolers of Alexandria members and AAHS juniors Alexus Klimek and Kassify Huwe performed Allan E. Naplan’s “Al Schlo Sha Dee Vareem” as a duet. The song is sung in Hebrew and translates to “The world is sustained by three things – truth, justice and peace”.

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Aiden Bailey raps his original song, “The Fit,” at the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.

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Morris’ Kendal Fischer and Andelys Berberi danced with original choreography to “Lose Somebody” by Kygo and One Republic.

Their biography stated that they wanted to share their own experience of losing someone in a car accident a few years ago.

“I hope everyone is happy. They deserved the applause they got and everyone was well received,” Grussing said.

As the weather churned out limited visibility and slippery roads, Mark Halvorson, director of performing arts for Alexandria Public Schools Community Education, says he’s grateful for the audience’s participation.

“It was a little smaller than last year, but I think it was just as fun,” Halvorson said. “We had some good talented performers, and I think they had a great time.”

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