K-Factor Packs Huntington’s Auditorium

(Photo: Darin Reed)

(Photo: Darin Reed)

This year’s K-Factor talent show drew a crowd of 1,200 and brought many outstanding performers to the Huntington High School stage last Friday night.

This year’s show was dedicated to Rachel Antorino, the daughter of Huntington High School English teacher Aimee Antorino. Rachel lost her battle with leukemia last August. She was just 14 years old. In her memory, Ms. Antorino started the foundation, Rachel’s Dance for the Cure to help relieve the financial burden placed on families of pediatric cancer patients.

(Photo: Darin Reed)

(Photo: Darin Reed)

All proceeds from Friday night’s show will be donated to Stony Brook Hospital’s children’s oncology unit. Rachel Antorino attended many past K-Factor events, even singing and dancing with English teacher and drama club advisor Michael Schwendemann.

There was a performance by faculty advisor Kelly Krycinskii who, accompanied by Mike Zigon on guitar, sang a song the pair wrote in tribute to Rachel Antorino. It was perhaps the night’s most heart-touching moment.

Lyrics to “Rachel’s Song.” Click the image for a larger view.

The crowd was comprised of folks of all ages. “K-Factor went amazing this year,” Key Club officer Ryan Hoffmann said. “The acts were great, the Key Clubbers involved did a great job helping the whole evening run smoothly and we raised so much money for an amazing cause.”

Read more about the event at Huntington High School News.

Aimee Antorino