The ninth annual SpeakEasy was held last Wednesday at the Open Bible Praise Center. Every year, the event is organized by the Boonville High School's Pirate Press, sponsored by Mrs. Abby Courtney, and the Boonville High School Creative Writing class, which is instructed by Mrs. Jill Campbell. Roughly more than 200 people attended, which raised around $325 for charity.
Seniors Noah Heaton and Adriana Vivas entertained the crowd with their corny jokes as the emcees. Alongside them, senior Waylon Gerard also kept the crowd entertained with amazing magic tricks. Gerard was successful in fooling half the audience to slap themselves in the face, including emcee Adriana Vivas.
The first half of the evening consisted of the Poetry Out Loud recitation. Students searched through the hundreds of poems available and chose one to recite from memory. A total of 14 students competed for a spot at the district level.
Taking home the first place trophy was senior Taylor Tutin with her poem "Conversation," by Ai.
"It was an entertaining night full of talented students. It was an absolute honor to be presented with first place. I am excited to represent the school for the district level in Columbia on February 19," Tutin said.
Following behind her, sophomore Noah Rogers wowed the judges with his long poem "Channel Fire" by Thomas Hardy and received second place.
"Taylor, along with everyone else, did an amazing job and I enjoyed every second of the night," said Rogers.
In third place was Noah Heaton with his poem "I am the People, the Mob" by Carl Sandburg.
After all the time and stress of organizing the annual event, Courtney was again pleased with the outcome.
"I'm so proud that it was another great night. I'm always shocked and excited to see so many people flock to the yearly event. The high school students are beyond brave and talented that I'm speechless," Courtney said.
Throughout the evening, the Boonville High School Humanities class sold baked goods and punch to support mission trips. The Skills USA members sold hot chocolate and other beverages. NH Photography donated three free photo sessions to anyone who entered their names in the drawing and the lucky winners were drawn throughout the event.
The Open Mic Night followed the potetry portion of the evening. A large number of students got the chance to showcase their talent to the audience.
Sophomores Bailey Magyar and Cali McAreavy hushed the crowd and left them in tears after singing their hearts out in a humbling duet. They sung "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera while Magyar played the piano.
"I never would have pictured myself growing the guts and singing in front of everyone, but I kept telling myself to do it for my dad and I know he's beyond proud of me," Magyar said.
Page 2 of 2 - McAreavy also had some nerves going before their performance.
"I defiantly could not have sang in front of all those people without Bailey and I knew how the song meant so much. We didn't practice much, and to sing in front of all those people made me very nervous, but I got over it with the help of Bailey," McAreavy said.
Junior Noah Bectel wowed the crowd with his skill on the accordion while Rogers played the piano.
Pizzle E, a popular raper from Mid-Missouri, come out to get the crowd pumped with his original song. He wanted to share his 'beats' with everyone and show them how he was so 'unique.'
Other bands who performed included the Island Attacks, Born to Hula and Ladder to Nowhere. Mr. Tim Brown and senior Dylan Snapp came back for the second year in a row and pleased the crowd with their great musical talents.
"We had a lot of fun with our performance and worked hard to get to where we are. We were very thankful to have been given the opportunity to play for the large crowd," Born to Hula drummer Ian Pond said.