by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Solo dancer Cassie Reimann captured top honors in Elk River High School’s annual spring talent contest “Starfest” on Wednesday evening at Zabee Theatre.
Reimann, a senior who was the dance team’s MVP and a Star News athlete-of-the-week pick this winter, performed with grace, strength and style to “Never Again.”
“That’s my solo dance this year,” said Reimann, who’s been doing well in competitions in the metro area. “It’s more lyrical, and a little slower.”
Reimann placed third last year in a duet with Nicole Grubba.
Placing second was a senior boys foursome, The Golden Statements, who rocked all around the stage and into the audience with their renditions of Poison’s “Nothing But a Good Time” and Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out for the Summer.”
Members are Nick Griffiths (guitar), Derek Cross (guitar), Sean Wood (bass) and Lars Kragness (drums). The boys said they’d be performing at the local July 4 celebration.
Placing third was Grace Heyne, singing a soulful original song called “Color Blind” while playing piano. Heyne, a senior, had a prominent role singing blues-style fare in “Seussical the Musical” last month. Excerpt of her lyrics: “Everything could be color blind, but we are much more than that/Hold me to my conscience, don’t let the same mistakes pass.”
A total of 12 acts survived auditions and performed. The others were singer Hannah Smith with (Logan Grace on piano, guitarist Jacob Smith, singers Carly Hagstrom and Sammy Strand, the band Komanash, juggler Andy Bronshteyn, singer Megan Anderson, the band Elms, Chandra Walbot (vocal, piano) with Bryan Durushia (cello), Kelsey Wakeman (vocal) with Keith Sullivan (piano), and a foursome headed by Rachel Jones (vocal) and Connor Jones.
MC’s were senior Fanaka Ndege and junior Dupree Robinson, past State Fair talent champions with a rap/dance act. Ndege was last year’s Starfest winner. The show had a 007 theme.
The show was judged by student and faculty representatives.