Outgoing Tom (Eric Hudson) , left, and Becky  ( Jade Thomas) , right, with the new Tom and Becky 2018-19

Despite the heat, a large crowd gathered in Hannibal's Central Park  to witness the naming of the new official Tom and Becky.

Machael Hark is the new official Tom.   He says interviewing with the judges was one of the more challenging aspects of the competition. Hark says one of the hardest parts of being the official Tom is knowing that the other great candidates  were not selected..

Elaina Dyke, the new official Becky, also echoed Tom’s sentiments about the close relationship with the other candidates. Dyke says she is good friends with all the finalists, and she is looking forward to making many great memories, especially with Tom.

The remaining  finalists for Tom are:: Dawson Behl,  Kason Bonvillian, Gage Bouyea and Corgan Kramer.

The remaining finalists for Becky are:  Kennedy Fitzgerald, Alina Hays,  Katie Locke, and Macy Walden..

Congratulations to all the candidates who worked very hard.  All ten finalists will play important roles as ambassadors for the City of Hannibal.