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Swim team dives in with annual talent show

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on December 27, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on December 27, 2017 9:38PM

Members of the Hermiston High School boys’ swim team perform a synchronized dance during a past talent show. A team fundraiser, the 2018 HHS Swim Team Talent Show is Jan. 6 in the school’s auditorium.

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Members of the Hermiston High School boys’ swim team perform a synchronized dance during a past talent show. A team fundraiser, the 2018 HHS Swim Team Talent Show is Jan. 6 in the school’s auditorium.

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Members of the community are ready to make a splash as more than two dozen acts are featured during the Hermiston High School Swim Team Talent Show.

With high transportation costs to shuttle swimmers to and from practices at the Blue Mountain Community College pool, the team plunged in to help offset expenses by holding the annual fundraising event. Talent show organizer Lynne Hamblin said in addition to behind-the-scenes help with the sound booth and other activities to put on the show, several members of the swim team will take the stage.

In its seventh year, the talent show is Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, 600 S. First St. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a family.

In addition to dipping into the school district’s budget, Hamblin said the Hermiston High School Sports Boosters have been “amazing” by diving in to help with the team’s expenses.

Last year’s talent show fundraiser brought in about $3,500. Hamblin said they are hoping to raise $5,000 during the 2018 event. During the show’s intermission, there will be a bake sale. Also, raffle tickets are being sold for $10 each for a chance to win an iPad, a one-hour massage from Jodi Wrathall, a Cottage Flowers basket and an assortment of other themed baskets and gift cards.

Charlie Clupny will serve as the show’s master of ceremonies. Swimmers who will take the stage include Max Rahm, who will sing, and Lindsay McCallister will play the piano. Hamblin said other acts include Dance Unlimited, the Polynesian Dancers, a singing foursome of Nattalie Gray, Marti Plum, Hayden Larson and Schae Borrego and many others. The performers are vying for top prizes, which will be awarded in age group categories, including middle school and younger, and high school to adults. Winning acts will receive 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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