CRANFORD, NJ- Cranford High School’s Garrett Kennedy took the crown as Mr. CHS during last week’s annual senior talent show.
The talent show is a spoof beauty contest in which senior males compete to win the crown and title of Mr. CHS.
The annual event raises money for a new charity each year, and half of this year’s proceeds were donated to “Grow-A-Row,” an organization that aims to plant, reap, and distribute healthy produce. The other half will be donated to Cranford’s Relay for Life.
“It gets the kids out here, so we can see any kind of talent other than what we see in the classroom, so it’s a really fun night,” faculty advisor Mr. Michael Leong said.
As tradition dictates, the show opened with the contestants posed on stage and a recording of a diss-track that they created to smack talk one another and rile up the crowd.
Talents ranged from martial arts to singing to acting. Each contestant offered a little piece of themselves for the audience to see, and ultimately pick the honor of “Fan Favorite.”
“We had seven contestants, and they all had a blast rehearsing and being creative and fun up on stage,” faculty advisor Frank Vito said. “It’s a one of a kind show about having fun, and hopefully the audience had a good time tonight.”
Senior Garrett Kennedy surprised the crowd with a stand up comedy act that seemed to ultimately put him over the top as the winner. The judges consisted of Cranford High School teachers.
“Wow, it’s a real honor,” Kennedy said. “I really did not think I was going to win, I thought Sam [Clark] was going to win!”
The next event at Cranford High School will be the Spring Choral Concert on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.
Emma-Rose Bacall is a high school student participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Cranford.