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Boo-tiful night at Bobby Ray
Mr Miss bobby ray
Malaya Taylor, 6, and Drew Triplett, 6, were crowned Mr. and Miss Bobby Ray during the competition at Bobby Ray Elementary School on Friday. - photo by Atlanta Northcutt

Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary’s annual Boo-Fest was filled with tricks, but mostly treats, as games were played, students and teachers performed in a talent show and two lucky students were crowned Mr. and Miss Bobby Ray on Friday night in the school’s gym.

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits or excitement of the participants as games and activities were set up throughout the gym and the buildings across campus. Students from each class lined up as princes and princesses to walk across the gym floor, smiling and waving at friends and family members.

Two students were chosen to represent the elementary school by being crowned Mr. and Miss Bobby Ray. Malaya Taylor, 6, and Drew Triplett, 6, are both in first grade and were the lucky winners of the title. Triplett was most excited about winning the gift card he received for being crowned Mr. Bobby Ray.

Following the ceremony, a talent show was put on by both students and staff members, creating laughs and appreciation of local talent among crowd members and performers alike. Students sang and danced to their favorite songs, while the teachers performed humorous skits based on TV sitcoms, such as “The Golden Girls,” “The Office” and “The Brady Bunch.”

Phyllis Boren, the behavior interventionist and girls’ basketball coach at Bobby Ray, has been the announcer for the talent show almost every year and brought a great deal of energy and humor to her presentation.

“It’s great for the kids. They can get up, get in front of people and do anything without being embarrassed,” said Boren.

During an act called “Just Roll with It” five teachers selected five students from the audience to stand behind them and dump buckets on their heads. One of the buckets had noodles in it while the others had Styrofoam packing peanuts in them. No one knew which bucket had the noodles or packing peanuts in it until the time came to pour them on top of the teachers. Landon Lopez, a third-grade teacher at Bobby Ray, was the lucky winner of receiving noodles dumped on his head by second-grader Rebekah Goss, 8.

“The fact that our children would get up and perform in front of a crowd was wonderful,” says Bobby Ray Elementary principal Monti Hillis. “Letting the students be able to watch their teachers act silly provided everyone with a fun time.”