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.

Senior Contestants:

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

Junior Contestants:

Dylan Brewer escorted by Tyler Price

Nick Green escorted by Ysabela Cable

Lake Silver escorted by Alyson Blackwelder

Keaton Wooten escorted by Jillian Phillips

Sophomore Contestants:

Seth Harrison escorted by Claire Hollifield

Keng Lynhiavu escorted by Litzy Pavon

Cleavon Wilkerson escorted by Ariel Lineberger

Freshmen Contestants:

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.

Ace Hardware

Adam’s Products

Allied Financial Services

Anchor Plumbing of WNC, Inc.

Atkins & Associates/Tax 2000

AutoZone

Baker’s Automotive

Bantam Chef

Bargain Hardware

Big Boy’s Car Wash

Bruce’s Fabulous Foods

Bryan Easler Toyota

Carolina Auto Sales

Carolina Energies

Catawba Hardwood

Catawba Valley Staffing, Inc.

Beame Funeral Home

Chamber Edge Lawn Care

Club Fitness

Columbia Forest Products

Crooked Door Coffee House

Grindstaff & Caparaso Family Dentistry

Hair That Rocks Salon

Holly's Deli

Eddie’s Spaghetti

Fairview Corner Store

Fat Boys Burritos

Frisbee’s

Glenwood Baptist Church

Harper’s Custom Shirts & Embroidery

Hook & Anchor

It Can Be Arranged

Jalapenos

JB’s Galaxy

Joanne Howle Realty, Inc.

Kacey Haney, State Farm Insurance

Kountry Kuts Salon

L&B Furniture

Lake James Outdoors

McDaniel Insurance

McDowell County Schools

Mi Pueblito

Mountain Lake Realty (Cecilia Reel & Crystal Honeywood)

Mr. Bob’s Donuts

Nationwide Insurance (Walt Bagwell)

Nopale’s Mexican Grill

Parker Legwear

Rhonda Silver Real Estate Group, LLC

Samir’s

Second Chance Furniture Store

Smokey Que’s

The Real Estate Services

Todd’s Golden Fried Chicken

Transfigurations Tattoo

Victory Kitchen and Restaurant

Wayne’s Razor Edge Barber Shop

Westmoreland Funeral Home

Whitson Realty

Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center

Wilson Marble Company

Corpening Memorial YMCA

XYZ Spirits

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