Hannibal is one step closer to sending its newest batch of goodwill ambassadors into the world.

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Officials with the Tom and Becky program announced over the weekend the finalists for the titles of Hannibal’s official Tom and Becky for 2021-22.

The semi-finalists were put through their paces last week, taking tests on their Mark Twain and Hannibal knowledge and being interviewed by a panel of judges.

This year’s Becky finalists include Kasey DeStefane, Lucy Gossett, Anna Hall, Julia Lee and Greta Welch. The Tom finalists include Bennett Baumgardner, Evan Dalton, Jaxon Lay, James Wetton and Chase Youngwirth.

While one official couple will be named on July 4th during National Tom Sawyer Days, all the finalists will be called upon to represent Hannibal at any number of events throughout the region over the next year.

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