The “Pirate Press” staff held their 13th annual SpeakEasy at Open Bible Praise Center on Jan. 24. The SpeakEasy consisted of the Poetry Out Loud competition followed by an open mic and lip sync battle.
Sophomore Kasey Terrell was victorious in the Poetry Out Loud contest, taking home the first place trophy. Junior Sydney Florine came in second with only one point separating herself from Terrell. All six students who participated gave great renditions of their poems, and the judges expressed that all of their scores were
During the open mic portion of the evening, several talented acts performed. A few included junior Madison Walker’s vocal rendition of “Arms” by Christina Perri, juniors Dalton Johnston and Keaton Morris’s epic beatbox battle, and a student band called Big Black Dog featuring seniors Chase Malone, Isaiah Kaufman, Marley Lefler, and Erin McQuay. “It [the band] was originally just Chase and Isaiah, and they jokingly asked me to be in it. The first time we got together we actually sounded really good, so we decided to do the SpeakEasy. We had only practiced like three days prior, and it was very nerve racking. It was a super fun and great experience,” Lefler shared.
The evening concluded with a lip sync competition. Six acts performed, but sophomores Josh Polk and Quin Gentry stole the show. The duo enthusiastically performed to Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten,” and the crowd went wild! After taking a vote based on the crowd’s applause, Polk and Gentry earned first place.
Overall, the event provided an entertainment-packed evening for all who attended. All proceeds from admission were given to Open Bible Praise Center who will use them to fund their charitable projects.