141 writers submitted humor essays to the 2016 Will Read and Sing for Food Humor Writing contest. The contest was open to middle-school-aged and high-school-aged students in Dubois County, including home-schooled and online students.
The Top 10 Finalists in the two categories are:
Middle School Writers: Andrew Wallace, Caroline McCance, Ainsley Pierce, Jake Schotanus, Mackenzie Belk, Ava Harmon, Quinn Gunderson all of Jasper Middle School, Ellery Wurster of Holy Trinty School, Grayson Russ of Jasper Middle School and Celeste Eby of Holy Trinity.
High School Writers include: Courtney North, Conner Persohn and Jessican Mundy of Forest Park, and Abigail Hopf, Brynn Sermersheim, Mackenzie Walling, Drake Siegel, Laurel Hubster, Willy Krosnyak and Andrea Rillo of Jasper.
Finalists will be introduced on the Astra Theater’s Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage during this Thursday’s show to benefit The Next Act Inc.
The two overall winners to be announced at the show will read their stories that evening.
Those set to perform Thursday include Abbie Rumbach, Jillian Becher, Scott Saalman, Ray Major, Marc Steczyk, Debbie Schuetter, Kyle Lueken and Megan and Isaac Gatwood.
Jasper High School English teacher Brooke Keusch will also read a humorous essay of her own, and JHS senior Luci Hulsman will read and perform her funny essay about Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Since October of 2011, the show has raised, $62,900 for two dozen causes and charities.
Admission $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Finalists of the writing contest will be allowed free admission.