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.

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“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.