It’s going to be quite a show, that’s for sure. Huntington High School’s Key Club chapter is sponsoring its annual K-Factor talent show this Friday night at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The scheduled acts are sure to entertain the crowd.
“K-Factor began a few years back in support of our own Blue Devil, Kaila Harlan (HHS Class of 2009) who was facing a battle against leukemia,” Key Club President Maggie Giles said. “The Key Club came together and put on the first of many talent shows to come, donating all proceeds to the Harlan family to pay for the cost of Kaila’s treatment. Unfortunately, that August Kaila passed away. K-Factor continues in her memory, and every dollar raised has been donated to the American Cancer Society through Huntington’s Relay For Life.”
The Key Club's K-Factor Talent Show
is Friday night.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. But bring plenty of extra money for the “amazing” raffles and the concession stand, which will be stocked with appealing items. Organizers say the raffles are vital to having a successful fundraising event.
In addition to Ms. Giles, the Key Club’s executive board also includes Erica Vazquez (vice president), Gaia D’Anna (treasurer), Megan Erhardt (secretary), Miranda Nykolyn (secretary), Sam Sgrizzi (publicist), Francesca Greco (junior treasurer) and administrative assistants David Fredericks, Nick Haupt, Ryan Hoffman and Noah Morris. English teachers Kelly Krycinski and Gina Colica are the faculty advisors.
A portion of this year’s receipts will also be devoted to something very close to home. Just prior to the holidays last December it was learned that the child of a high school teacher and club faculty advisor is suffering from leukemia. “As soon as we found out we knew that we’d be dedicating the show in support of this courageous battle against cancer,” Ms. Giles said.
Organizing the K-Factor has been a challenge. The officers and the club’s members are spread among four sub-committees: raffles, concessions, publicity and stage crew. Ms. Giles, Ms. D’Anna and Ms. Vazquez take the lead on the raffle committee, fanning out across the town seeking donations from local business. About 30 raffle baskets are expected to be displayed on Friday night.
“We have some great items, including Soma sunglasses from the Optical Shoppe and a Polaroid SNAP camera donated by a Huntington family,” Ms. Giles said.
The concessions committee led by Ms. Nykolyn, Ms. Erhardt and Mr. Fredericks will shift into overdrive on Thursday night, making sure there will be plenty of snacks and refreshments on hand.
Messrs. Sgrizzi and Noah Morris and Francesca Greco are heading the publicity committee’s efforts. Together they are responsible for all the posters and announcements around the building on any given day. The group is always searching for creative opportunities to spread the word about K-Factor.
Ryan Hoffman and Nick Haupt lead the stage crew committee and collaborate with the Huntington’s regular stage crew members to put on the show, controlling everything from the music for the performers to the lighting and everything else on the stage that is visible and even invisible to the eye.
Everything appears to be in place for a sensational show on Friday night. “I have been an active participant in Key Club and the K-Factor since freshman year and it has been amazing watching the progression of the show,” Ms. Giles said. “Our members have all shown great dedication these past few weeks, as well as our performers. As president, I am excited to see all the hard work pay off and confident that the turnout will be great.”
The evening will include many impressive student acts as well as performances by the Huntington Highsteppers competitive dance team, a demonstration by the robotics team and even a dance number by a group of teachers.