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Alexandria Lakes Area Talent Show crowns two harmonic winners

Each contestant was judged in four categories: entertainment, technical skills, stage presence and crowd appeal.

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Noah Hubbard, left, and Leah Zenner harmonized "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell at the second annual Lakes Area Talent Show.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA — The vocal duet of Noah Hubbard and Leah Zenner won the second annual Lakes Area Talent Show at the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 14.

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Noah Hubbard, left, and Leah Zenner high five in celebration after accepting their first-place award of $300 in Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce dollars during the second annual Lakes Area Talent Show at the Alexandria Area High School's Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 14.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Hubbard, an Alexandria Area High School senior and Zenner, a sophomore, took home $300 in Chamber Bucks after winning first place for their rendition of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Seven acts performed at the show.

"The show was wonderful. Everybody did amazing and we had a lot of bonding backstage," said Hubbard

Each contestant was awarded points by judges Chuck Grussing, Dave Holtz and Paulette Friday in entertainment, technical skills, stage presence and crowd appeal.

Grussing said narrowing down the top three and making the final decision was tough. But in the end, it was the harmony of Hubbard and Zenner that sealed the deal.

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"I thought they sang really well; their harmonies were spot on as near as I can tell," said Grussing. "It's a pity that all of these individuals and groups didn't get compensated in some shape or form."

Hubbard said although their voices go a little sore during practices, he feels the hard work paid off.

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Aleah Dokter, 17, a senior at AAHS, dances to the Mumford and Sons song, "I Will Wait," during the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.
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Aleah Dokter, 17, a senior at AAHS, took second place and $200 in Chamber Bucks for her self choreographed contemporary dance to the Mumford and Sons song, "I Will Wait."

Dokter's pre-show bio read that the song reminded her mother of Dokter's late father and that the song is a sense of peace and happiness, knowing no matter where your loved ones are, they'll always be there for you.

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Maria Lichty performed her original poem, "To Anyone Who Doesn't Think They're Beautiful," at the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.
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The third place prize, $100 in Chamber Bucks, went to Maria Lichty of Carlos for her original poem, "To Anyone Who Doesn't Think They're Beautiful." Lichty's bio says the poem is close to her heart, and she chose to perform it because she believes it is essential to lift others whenever possible.

"The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has 652 members, so the winners may use the dollars in any affiliated businesses around Douglas County," said Emcee Lynn Jenc, Alexandria Public Schools Community Education director, to the crowd. "So it spends just like cash."

AAHS freshman Ethan Loeffler performed a classical piano piece titled "Clementi's Opus 36 Sonatina Number 6.

Loeffler performed and placed as a finalist with the same song at the 2022 Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano Contest.

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Ethan Loeffler performed a classical piano piece titled "Clementi's Opus 36 Sonatina Number 6," at the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Sixth-grader Aiden Bailey, 12, from Discovery Middle School, performed an original rap titled, "The Fit." Bailey has several original songs, which can be found under his performing name YungmoneyXD on Spotify, IHeart Radio, and Amazon and Apple Music.

Members of the Carolers of Alexandria and AAHS juniors Alexus Klimek and Kassify Huwe sang, "Al Schlo Sha Dee Vareem" by Allan E. Naplan as a duet. The song is sung in Hebrew and translates to "The World is Sustained by Three Things — Truth, Justice and Peace."

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Aiden Bailey raps his original song, "The Fit," at the Lakes Area Talent Show on Thursday, April 14.
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Kendal Fischer and Andelys Berberi of Morris danced with original choreography to "Lose Somebody" by Kygo and One Republic.

Their bio said they wanted to share their own experience of losing someone in a car accident a few years ago.

"I hope everyone is happy. They merited the applause they got and everyone was well received," said Grussing.

While the weather brewed up limited visibility and slick roads, Mark Halvorson, Alexandria Public Schools Community Education performing arts manager, says he is grateful for the audience turnout.

"It was a little bit smaller than last year, but I think it was every bit as fun," said Halvorson. "We had good, talented performers, and I think they enjoyed themselves."

Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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Organizers hope to make this an annual event.
A new episode is released every Tuesday and Thursday, giving readers a brief look at the stories found in Wednesday's and Friday's papers.