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Harrison Hill Elementary students compete in annual 'Gobble Off'

Gobble Off Harrison Hill
Brittany Smith
Kindergarten through second graders give their best turkey gobble to compete for the first place prize of a frozen turkey on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Harrison Hill Elementary School. The Gobble Off is an annual tradition the school has been doing for nearly 40 years.

Harrison Hill Elementary School hosted its 37th annual Gobble Off Tuesday, where students compete to have the best turkey gobble and win a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving.

Students are divided into groups of kindergarten through second graders and third through fifth graders to compete for a chance to win the coveted frozen turkey.

The younger students went first, in the morning on Tuesday, where thirteen of them lined up in handmade turkey masks made from paper grocery bags, to achieve a bit of anonymity as they competed.

In the lower grades, second-grader Jakhi Stephens won first place and Adeline Reidenbach, also a second grader, won second place taking home a frozen pumpkin pie.

In the afternoon, it was the older kids' turn. When it came down to the final three, the judges needed three rounds of gobbles before they could declare a clear winner.

Cherish Starks, a fifth grader, won that Gobble Off and fifth-grader Yanali Rodriguez won second place.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.