Students at Appleton Village School took center stage Thursday, April 11, for a night of sweets and stars at the Appleton Idol and cake auction to benefit the eighth-grade class trip to Boston.

The evening started with a cake auction followed by students performing in front of a packed crowd. Some of the cakes went for as high as $50 and the students raised a total of $584.

Morgan Ford was the master of ceremony for the talent show that involved everything from jump ropes to the AVS version of "The Harlem Shake," which, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the dance "is when one person dances at a reserved manner while everyone is minding their own business then about 15 seconds into the song, the bass drops and everything changes. In most videos, the camera cuts, and all of a sudden everyone is dancing out of control!"

Students Ava Pratt and Hayleigh Martz started things off with a jump-roping act, followed by jokes told by Raelin Callahan and Ethan Cleveland. Other acts included Caassia Cleavland and Hannah Taylor singing “I Want” by One Direction; Callahan performed an old scottish hymn called “Bonny Tammy, Old Scotland” and Ella Winchenbach performed “Airstream Song” by Miranda Lambert. Cole Winchenbach, with Ella Winchenbach as assistant, wowed the crowd with magic. Natalie Owre sang Adele’s version of “Make You Feel My Love” and Lexi Smith performed “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles.

Annalee Gray and Fiona Smith rocked the house lip syncing “Honey Don’t “ by the Beatles and Ben Owre, Max McKenna and Myles Kelly formed a power trio and kept the show rolling with their version of “viva La vida” by Coldplay. Ava Pratt performed “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perry. McKenna went solo for the next act as he played “King William's March” on the violin and Martz made her second appearance on stage singing Taylor Swift’s “White Horse.”

Kelly played the song “Clocks” by Coldplay on the keyboards and Hana Smith performed “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers on the ukulele.

Upcoming fundraising events planned are a spring bazaar and gym sale, Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until noon.Tables are available to rent at a suggested donation of $20 per table.

For those requiring additional space, the gym will be open, based on display size.

Large items can be set up in the parking lot (cars, boats, snowmobiles, etc.). The gym will be open May 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. for set up, and again the morning prior to the sale from 6:30 to 8 a.m. For more information, or to reserve table or floor space, contact Chris and Mary Kate Moody at 785-2359.

The eighth-grade will also sponsor a 5K Fun Run and Walk starting at the baseball field on Appleton Ridge. Runners or walkers can register the day of the race between the hours of 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. The cost to register is $10. Questions may be directed to Jeff Hilt at 975-9699.

All proceeds from Appleton Idol and cake sale, the spring bazaar and the fun run will will go toward the Boston trip for eighth-grade students.