JAY — For an evening of fun, games, and relief from the winter blues, look no further than “The Price is Right” at the Spruce Mountain Middle School gym March 22. The doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6.

“It’s fun,” said eighth grader Will Thornton, one of the emcees. “If you’re lucky, you might win something.”

“It’s also a way to meet new people and get them things that will make them really happy,” added eighth grader Lilly Spencer, who will be emceeing the event along with Thornton.

This is the third consecutive year that “The Price is Right” has been held at SMMS after many successful years at Livermore Falls Middle School before the consolidation of the Jay and Livermore Falls schools. Essentially, the show mimics the famous television game show, with games and opportunities to win prizes. It is a fund raiser for the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes.

So far, said SMMS Principal Scott Albert, there have been about $12,000 in business donations and prizes, “which is incredible in this economy.”

Once again, Jeff Parsons of WJBQ Hit Music Radio will be the host. He is equally at home hosting “The Price is Right” as he is hosting the Q Morning Show, said Albert.

“It’s awesome. He makes such a difference,” he said. “He loves doing it.”

There will be a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a children’s prize table for any children whose names are selected. Anyone who enters and pays the $6 admission will be automatically entered to win a Kindle Fire HD as a door prize.

Between the games, any prizes not won in a particular game are auctioned off. At the end of the night, a Showcase Showdown takes place between contestants who’ve won the games up to that point for the grand prize.

Concessions will be available with hot dogs, nachos, and pizza.

Albert said that he was pleased to have Thornton and Spencer’s services as emcees announcing the contestants and describing the prizes.

“They were the only two kids that signed up. It’s kind of daunting standing up there and doing that.”

Spencer and Thornton are both in the school play coming up in late March, and are looking forward to their roles as emcees for “The Price is Right”. When asked why he took on the emcee role, Thornton responded, “Because I like speaking aloud. I like being in front of people. I thought it would be fun.”

“Last year, I saw Tad (Jewett) doing it, and it looked really fun,” said Spencer. “I like being on stage.”

For more information about this year’s show, call Spruce Mountain Middle School at 897-4319.


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