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Talent show kicks off food drive

East Mecklenburg High chamber choir members, with their “Some Nights Hunger Remix,” won a talent show Oct. 1 that kicked off this year’s Carolinas Student Hunger Drive.

They are: (front row from left) Jasmine Sanders, Cameron Davis, Kelly Klotz, Bryanna Norwood, Nathalie Angel, Breanna Smith, principal Rick Parker, Jada Tillman (crouched down), Tyler Mingo, Tiara Murray, Tabitha Stewart, Brian Hoy, Kasandra Carter, Alora Pope; (back row) Hannah Lieberman, Jacob Miller, Daniel Robinson, Chardasia Howell, Brittany Sandle, Bralyn Huskisson, John Robert Gregoraschuk, Holly Orel, Courtney Blackman and Bria Gregory.

The talent show, at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, featured hundreds of students from 19 Charlotte-area schools. East Mecklenburg’s students will start their drive with two pallets of food donated on behalf of Snyder’s-Lance.

The show is intended to help raise awareness for the six-week food drive competition, in its third year. Schools collect donations of nonperishable food items that will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank, which will distribute the food to local families through its network of emergency pantries.

Forrest Holloman, a senior at Nations Ford High and the event’s student Food Lion MVP winner last year who led the students’ districtwide effort, also has a leadership role this year. He said his district is looking to bring in 30,000 pounds of nonperishable food this year.

"We just had a ball," he said of the talent show. "There were definitely more students than last year. They’ve run out of space in the food bank to hold all of us."

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