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Judging underway for Hannibal’s Tom and Becky competition

Sign-ups for Hannibal’s Tom and Becky competition have wrapped up and the judging portion is underway.

Officials say around 60 students signed up this year to compete to become this year’s Tom and Becky. That number will be cut to 24: 12 semifinalists for boys and 12 for girls after they give speeches for the first round of judging.

Then they will be tested on their knowledge of Hannibal.

“Whether it be when Hannibal was founded. Who was the first mayor? To some of the parks and why do we have Sodalis park? What is it for and who were some of the important Hannibellians in Hannibal and of course Mark Twain. They have to know everything there is to know about Mark Twain,”  said Melissa Cummins.

The winners of the Tom and Becky competition are announced in July.

Alexandra Carter

WGEM News Anchor

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