Hannibal has its official ambassadors for the next year.

In the traditional ceremony in Central Park Saturday, Jaxon Lay and Greta Welch were chosen as Hannibal’s official Tom and Becky for 2021-22.

The announcement comes at the end of a six month process, as seventh graders from the Hannibal School District are put through their paces, going through interviews, testing, speeches and orientation, paring down the field to the five Tom and five Becky finalists who took to the stage Saturday.

Jaxon Lay is the son of Matthew Lay and Edie Graupman. Greta Welch is the daughter of Casey and Katy Welch.

The other Tom finalists were Bennett Baumgardner, son of Brice and Cara Baumgardner, Evan Dalton, son of John and Tracie Hark, James Wetton, son of Steve and Karen Wetton and Chase Youngwirth, son of Nathan and Jeanne Youngwirth.

The other Becky finalists included Kasey DeStefane, daughter of Rick DeStefane and Mary Otte, Lucy Gossett, daughter of Alex and Angela Gossett, Anna Hall, daughter of Scott and Melissa Hall and Julia Lee, daughter of Josh and J’Nelle Lee.

With the hundreds of events that take place during the year that require the presence of Hannibal favorite couple, all of the finalists will make many appearances as Tom and Becky in the coming year.

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