On Saturday, Dec. 16, McDowell High School Student Council class and DECA club hosted the third annual Mr. MHS Pageant at East Middle School. The pageant was a huge success and raised over $12,500 for the families of Tammy Comer and Sarah Wills. This is an increase of over $4,000 from last year’s pageant.
Contestants competed in two “wears” as well as a talent competition. The wears portion included contestants showing off their best Baywatch impersonations, a visit from Toy Story’s “Woody” and “Jessie,”, as well as a tribute to Talladega Night’s main character, “Ricky Bobby.” Their talents ranged from a live bluegrass medley to a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” The following contestants won awards:
Chase Baird: People’s Choice
Dylan Brewer: Mr. Sexy Legs
Cleavon Wilkerson: Mr. Money Maker
Seth Harrison & Cameron Crater: Family’s Choice
Nic Greene: Mr. Congeniality
The Mr. MHS Pageant began three years ago in an effort to help raise funds for families within our school community that have suffered a great loss or are dealing with major medical issues. Families are nominated and voted on by the members of Student Council. Families are chosen based on need.
“This is our favorite event of the year. Our students put so much time and effort into the details for the evening and it is so gratifying for them to see it from start to finish. If there was one thing I would want our community to know, it would be that our students are capable of amazing things,” said Student Council advisor Alison Garrett.
Students choreograph the opening dance, write the script, create the programs, design T-shirts, choose decorations and ask businesses for donations.
“This pageant is just proof that when given opportunities, our students will far exceed our expectations. It has been such a privilege to work with these young people and to see this pageant grow in participation and donations over the past three years. I would encourage everyone in our community to come out next year. It is an event you will never forget!” said Garrett.
The winner of Mr. MHS is voted on by four judges from the school system. This year’s judges were Miranda Ferguson, Myra Morgan, Joe Cash and Mark Garrett. The pageant is student directed and run under the supervision of Garrett. This year, Ciera Williams and Aaron Loftis served as the backstage directors. Emma Vaughn, Samantha Dotson, Hope Turner and Tristin Huntsinger acted as stage managers. Taylor Buchanan and Emory Sprouse entertained the audience as the emcees for the evening. The T-shirt design and posters were designed by graphics student Keely Melton.
Students in the MHS Student Council class along with DECA club members were in charge of planning the event. When asked what his favorite thing about being in the pageant was, three time contestant and Student Council and DECA member Nick Greene said, “I love seeing the opening lights come on and looking out into the crowd to see the families in the front row that we are doing the pageant for. The smiles on their faces and the laughs they share make my heart so full. It makes me appreciate the amount of support we can give to families in our community who are in need.”
Each contestant raised at least $200 in order to participate, although some students raised more than $800 on their own. This year, the contestants’ female escorts also raised at least $50 to participate. All proceeds went directly to the Comer and Wills’ families.