HAGERSTOWN — The spirit of Robert Edward Herr II lived on Tuesday night in the hearts of 13 young people who gave it their best in a talent show named in honor of the late teacher at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown.
Herr, a social studies teacher at the Potomac Street school, died Nov. 7 when the 2008 Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle he was operating west on Alternate U.S. 40 struck a curb at Ivy Hill Drive in Middletown, Md.
Before the crash, Herr, 53, had been working with students on a talent show at the school, teachers and students said Tuesday night.
When the accident occurred, students at the school came together to decide what they could do in honor of Herr, said Ryan Smetzer, president of the school’s student government association.
They decided to form a scholarship program in honor of Herr, Smetzer said.
And what better way to kick off the scholarship than with The Robert Herr Memorial Talent Show, Smetzer said.
Twenty acts performed last week at the school for the first part of the talent show, then the group was pared down to 10 for the finals.
Those 10 acts performed in the Black Box Theatre at the school Tuesday night in a high-energy show that offered entertainment ranging from tap dancing to piano solos.
The winner of the competition was Ashley Warfield, a junior at the arts school who sang the song “Memory” from Cats. The second-place winner was Zoe Sheehan Moore, while third place went to Tyler Garner.