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Talent show drives HHS swim team

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on December 26, 2017 8:45PM

The Filipino American Community Dancers perform ‘Tinikiling,’ which won second place during the 2015 Hermiston High School swim team’s talent show fundraiser. People of all ages and talents are invited to audition Thursday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday Dec. 12 for the Jan. 6 show.

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The Filipino American Community Dancers perform ‘Tinikiling,’ which won second place during the 2015 Hermiston High School swim team’s talent show fundraiser. People of all ages and talents are invited to audition Thursday, Dec. 7 and Tuesday Dec. 12 for the Jan. 6 show.

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The Hermiston High School swim team is seeking participants for its annual talent show.

People from across the region are invited to try out for the show. In addition, all ages and talents are welcome. Auditions are Thursday Dec. 7 and Tuesday Dec. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the school’s main commons, 600 S. First St., Hermiston.

In its seventh year, the talent show serves as the team’s only fundraiser, which helps defray transportation expenses for practices at the Blue Mountain Community College pool. Talent show organizer Lynne Hamblin said the swim team has the highest travel costs of all the high school athletic teams.

With limited funds coming from the school district, she said the Booster Club has been “amazing” by diving in to help with the team’s expenses. The talent show fundraiser, which brought in $3,600 last year, helps makes ends meet, Hamblin added.

Team members, Hamblin said, assist with the fundraiser by sharing their talents, as well as behind-the-scenes help with the sound booth and other activities to stage the show. Also, each year, a special team performance makes a big splash.

Growing in popularity over the years, Hamblin said they typically showcase 30 acts. Awards will be presented for best of show, and two age groups: middle school and younger, and high school to adults. Winners will receive gift cards.

Familiar faces are expected to return for this year’s show, Hamblin said. Regular performers over the years have included Terika and Remington Christensen — the brother and sister dancing duo from Pendleton won their division this summer at a national competition in Las Vegas; Sophia and Anna Rivera, multi-talented sisters from Hermiston; and Daytona Tracy, a tap dancer from Hermiston. Another popular group, Hamblin said, are the Hermiston-based Polynesian Dancers led by Tile Hamilton.

The talent show is Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a family. During the intermission, there will be a bake sale and a raffle for an iPad and numerous gift cards.

For more information, contact Hamblin at 541-571-5691 or lynne.hamblin@hermiston.k12.or.us.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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