There is a new king at McDowell High School.
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:
Trey Beverly: Mr. MHS
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.
Isaac Allison escorted by Skylar Rock
Chase Baird escorted by Nicole Gallion
Trey Beverly escorted by Galina Weaver
Cameron Crater escorted by Callie Spratt
Carlos Lopez escorted by Megan Zullo
Victor Ocampo escorted by Faith Parrow
Sydney Pike escorted by Eavan Smith
Keever Slagle escorted by Bailey Elliott
Matt Smith escorted by Taylor Morgan
Ryan Snoddy escorted by Tiffany Ingle
Cha Vang escorted by Madison Ogle
Tyler Wilson escorted by McKenzie Hartman
Dylan Brewer escorted by Tyler Price
Nick Green escorted by Ysabela Cable
Lake Silver escorted by Alyson Blackwelder
Keaton Wooten escorted by Jillian Phillips
Seth Harrison escorted by Claire Hollifield
Keng Lynhiavu escorted by Litzy Pavon
Cleavon Wilkerson escorted by Ariel Lineberger
Seth Baird escorted by Paige Shaw
Toby Finn escorted by Kirstyn Gragg
Kamden Silver escorted by Kenzie Price
The MHS Student Council and DECA club would like to thank the following businesses who have donated financially or have given items to be included in our raffle baskets:
A Better View Family Eye Care, Inc.
Allied Financial Services
Anchor Plumbing of WNC, Inc.
Atkins & Associates/Tax 2000
Big Boy’s Car Wash
Bruce’s Fabulous Foods
Bryan Easler Toyota
Carolina Auto Sales
Catawba Valley Staffing, Inc.
Beame Funeral Home
Chamber Edge Lawn Care
Columbia Forest Products
Crooked Door Coffee House
Grindstaff & Caparaso Family Dentistry
Hair That Rocks Salon
Fairview Corner Store
Fat Boys Burritos
Glenwood Baptist Church
Harper’s Custom Shirts & Embroidery
Hook & Anchor
It Can Be Arranged
Joanne Howle Realty, Inc.
Kacey Haney, State Farm Insurance
Kountry Kuts Salon
Lake James Outdoors
McDowell County Schools
Mountain Lake Realty (Cecilia Reel & Crystal Honeywood)
Mr. Bob’s Donuts
Nationwide Insurance (Walt Bagwell)
Nopale’s Mexican Grill
Rhonda Silver Real Estate Group, LLC
Second Chance Furniture Store
The Real Estate Services
Todd’s Golden Fried Chicken
Victory Kitchen and Restaurant
Wayne’s Razor Edge Barber Shop
Westmoreland Funeral Home
Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center
Wilson Marble Company
Corpening Memorial YMCA