Incredible talent, strong competition

The line-up at the 2018 In the Spotlight competition at Joplin High School yesterday did not disappoint! Hollister revved the audience with a love theme appropriate for February. There is a definite tech vibe running high in Nevada and Carthage, and great stories being told by Mt. Vernon, Webb City, and Joplin's own sea-faring Touch of Class and country renegade Sound Dimension, which did exhibition performances. For complete results, check out Events section of, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Such a huge event isn't possible without hundreds of volunteer hours planning and staffing the event. Kudos to the Joplin choir directors, judges and clinicians, show choir alumni, and especially JHS Boosters, led by Shay Huntzicker, who chaired this year's successful event!

Photos by Kenzi Badr