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Middle school kids shine at star search

by: Submitted photo, From left: Aubrey Cleland, Emily Lewis, Jonathan Macemon, Sean Connell, Hannah Schmitz, Samantha Forsey and Winner Annie Bany share some smiles and diverse skills at the Lucky Lion’s Star Search competition held at West Linn High School.

Lucky Lion's Star Search wowed the audience at West Linn High School on March 16.

The Star Search had 22 fantastic and diverse acts, according to an event organizer, ranging from Chinese yo-yo, piano, vocal, tap, jazz, and Native American dancing to dance revolution and more.

Sunset, Willamette, and Cedaroak Park primary schools as well as Athey Creek and Rosemont Ridge middle schools and the Art Tech and West Linn high schools each had representatives in the show.

All proceeds from the fund-raiser went to the West Linn High Grad Night Party for 2007.

The grad night party offers a substance-free and safe environment for West Linn High School graduates

'A huge thank you to West Linn fans for their generous donations,' said Mary Lou Lewis.

Talent show winners

First place, $300, was earned by Annie Bany, an eighth-grader from Athey Creek Middle School who sang 'Good Morning Baltimore.'

Second place, $200, went to Aubrey Cleland, an eighth-grader from Athey Creek Middle School who sang 'Listen' from the movie 'Dream Girls.'

Third place, $100, was awarded to eighth-graders Samantha Forsey and Hannah Schmitz as well as seventh-grader Sean Connell, all from Athey Creek Middle School doing 'They both Reached for the Gun' from the stage production of 'Chicago.'

Fourth place, $50, was presented to Jonathan Macemon, a seventh-grader from Athey Creek Middle School doing the 'Crazy Chinese Yo-Yo.'

Fifth-place, $25, was given to Emily Lewis, an eighth-grader at Athey Creek Middle School, who sang 'I Simply Cannot Do it Alone' from 'Chicago.'