Talent touted at Hickman High School

Wednesday, January 26, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 7:03 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

With bands like The Tipper Gores and Ralph Vader taking the stage, the audience Monday evening at the 2005 Hickman High School Talent Night might have expected a forum for mundane political discussion.

Instead, the audience got to see a showcase of the talents of 57 students who had been itching to perform for more than three weeks.

“It gives the kids a chance to get outside the box and use the creativity that they don’t always get to express in this way,” said Martin Hook, who has taught music at the high school for 28 years.

Each of the 10 acts was student-run. Performances ranged from old classics to punk rock to hip hop dance. Highlights included an a cappella version of “My Boyfriend’s Back,” preformed by The Girlfriends, and T.W. W.E performed itsoriginal composition, “Holiday Song.”

“It is a good venue for talent to be displayed,” student performer Meghna Srinath said. “Something like this brings together a lot of different people who have a lot of different interests.”

Blizzards in early January caused the show to be delayed. Staff in the Hickman Music Department, which sponsored the evening, didn’t want to see the students’ hard work go to waste, and they helped students reschedule the event for three weeks after it was supposed to run.

A panel of four judges awarded first place to the tap dancing trio of Jessica Ehlert, Morgan Patterson, and McKinsey Hulen. Although the acts were all drastically different, they did have one thing in common.

Regardless of the result, it seemed as though all of the performers left the stage feeling satisfied.

“We don’t care if we win,” said Joel Schilb, a Hickman senior. “We all love music and enjoy playing together.”

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