By Caleb Nordgren
Holt Journal staff writer
On a day featuring four NCAA Tournament games and three NBA games, Hope Middle School put together a crowd for an afternoon of basketball that impressed even the high school basketball players in attendance. Hope held its annual March madness event March 28, starting with a school-wide talent show and ending with a basketball tournament played before a packed house. The event is designed to build school spirit and foster a sense of community, Hope teacher Joe Cleary said, and is held on the final day before spring break every year. At 1:15 p.m., the entire student body gathered in the smaller of Hope’s two gyms for the talent show. The show featured 38 acts, with the talents including singing, dancing, tumbling and playing instruments.