Official Tom and Becky will be selected on July 4

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum announces the semi-finalists for the 2017-2018 Tom and Becky Program. Melissa Cummins, Tom and Becky Coordinator, released the following names of the 7 boys and 7 girls who were selected after completing the first round of judging.

Hannibal area seventh grade students presented speeches before a panel of judges comprised of area teachers, community leaders, former Tom and Becky ambassadors and the current Tom and Becky at the Hannibal Middle School on Friday, March 10.

Tom Semi-finalists:

Connor Arnold, son of Todd and Jill Arnold

Colton Broughton, son of Chris and Heidi Broughton

Andrew Catalpa, son of Bob and Lori Catalpa

Cameron Denk, son of Keith Denk and Jessica Micheals

Elija Dexheimer, son of Emily Dexheimer

Sam Hirner, son of Joe and Patricia Hirner

Eric Hudson, son of Ben Hudson and Denise Hudson

Becky Semi-finalists:

Abigail Beck, daughter of Michelle Beck

Linnea Brown, daughter of Jeffrey and Brea Brown

Cailee Combs, daughter of Cory and Mary Combs

Brooklyn Haye, daughter of Ron and Sheri Haye

Kendel Locke, daughter of David and Sara Locke

Claire Martinson, daughter of Brian and Julie Martinson

Jade Thomas, daughter of David and Rebecca Thomas

The boys and girls selected will now prepare for the next stage of judging consisting of a test over Mark Twain and Hannibal and ten-minute interviews before a panel of judges consisting of business owners, community leaders, and individuals familiar with the tourism industry and the Tom and Becky Program. The interviews are scheduled for April 21st at the Mark Twain Museum Gallery.

Announcement of the five Tom and Becky finalists will be made on Saturday, April 22 .

A two-day orientation for the youngsters is planned for June 19-20 in the historic downtown area with three judges familiar with the Tom and Becky Program. Final judging by three out of town judges will take place on July 3 with the announcement of the Official Tom and Becky 2017-2018 to be held on July 4 at noon in Central Park.

The 2016-2017 current Toms and Beckys are:

Miles McIntyre and Ellie Locke, Official Couple

Alternate Toms are Mason Latta, Spencer Street, Tristen Terrill and Drew Tweedy

Alternate Beckys are Cami Bross, Sydney Hart, Morgan Roth and Baylee Zeiger