Another National Tom Sawyer Days tradition took place Thursday with the naming of the new Tom and Becky.

The six month process that brought the five Toms and five Beckys to the Central Park bandstand culminated in the naming of Preston Danner and Lainie Privett as Hannibal’s official Tom and Becky for 2019.

For Lainie, she says this is a dream come true.

For Preston, he says the selection process he has gone through has helped make him a better person.

The other finalists will also represent Hannibal at hundreds of events in the coming year.

They are Josiah Campbell, Cameron Cox, Tristen Essig, Jack Myers, Jocelyn Dorsey, Courtney Locke, Annabele Peck and Tallin Sims.

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