Centennial, Stewart middle schools showcase talent
Centennial Middle School in Dade City and Raymond B. Stewart Middle School in Zephyrhills held their annual talent shows on May 24. Centennial Middle School held two shows, one in the morning show and an afternoon show. Judges in the afternoon show awarded first, second and third place standings. Nine acts competed in the Centennial show. Hannah Knight took first place with a dance routine, Avynna Galyan was awarded second with a vocal performance and Victoria Neukom won third place with dance. The Stewart Middle talent show is a showcase that does not include awards and is presented by the drama club. The show included about 13 acts.Drama leader Karlene Whidden stole the show with a goodbye song followed by a tearful farewell from students and staff. Whidden, a math teacher, is retiring at the end of this year after 14 years leading the drama club and more than 18 years at the school. Whidden said her first show was "The Suffocated Seventh Grader" performed in 1999. "Working with the kids, giving them an outlet to do something other than sports," was her favorite part of leading the drama club she, said. She said it feels strange to know she won't be teaching any longer. "It probably won't hit me until September because I'm used to having summers off," she said.