Students cash out on witty talent show performance


They don’t need your money, money, money. But they sure got it. A group of seniors raked it in after a joke they included in their talent show performance.
Seniors Stephanie Jarzombek and Madeline Rotarius performed a medley of songs from 80’s rock to today’s top of the charts pop. The act was complete with props by senior Julia Geromin.
“My favorite song was ‘It’s My Life’ by Bon Jovi,” senior Adam Thompson said, “and the Miley Cyrus jokes were hilarious.”
During the performance, the girls sang, “It ain’t about the money, money, money. We don’t need your money, money, money,” then stopped to joke, “Although it would be appreciated. We are going to college soon,” as Geromin rushed out with a guitar case to collect donations.
“It was a joke,” Geromin said. “We were not expecting what happened to happen.”
Almost immediately, students ran up to the apron of the stage and started throwing money in. The case was full of singles, fives, pocket change, and a Hungry Howie’s gift card. By the end of the performance, which included just a few more songs, the case contained nearly $50.
“I threw a few bucks in,” senior Tyler Jeffries said, “because I thought they were really talented and deserved it.”
Last year, Jarzombek and Geromin performed a similar act with a different set list of songs and props with alumni Rachel Amey. They, including Rotarius, were also MC’s for the talent show. That year, only two dollars ended up in the guitar case and the girls ended up giving it back to the people who gave it to them.
“I loved performing with them. They’re fantastic performers and my best friends,” Rotarius said. “I felt honored that they asked me to do the act with them.”
The act was also voted “most entertaining” by judges, which meant another $25 in prize money. The judges were Associate Principal Kenneth Voakes, teacher intern Richard Yoon, and teacher Steven Domke. Other prizes included best voice, most unique, most likely to make it big, and an audience choice.
According to Jarzombek, the trio wanted to perform something unique. Instead of standing in the spotlight, singing or playing one song, they would rather perform as many songs as possible and use wireless microphones to conquer the entire stage while doing it.
Including the gift card and the prize money, the trio made $76.73.


“After the show, we went out,” Jarzombek said. “Half of it went to our gas tanks, and we went to The Honey Tree and spent some on food. We ate like champs that night.”