On Saturday, Dec. 7, the McDowell High School Student Council class and DECA chapter hosted their fifth annual Mr. MHS Pageant at East McDowell Middle School. The pageant was a huge success and as of Monday, has raised $20,163.15 for the Gloria Denny, Riley Lowery, and Brantley Taylor families. Each contestant raises at least $200 to compete and their escorts raised at least $50. That money, along with the generous donations of individuals and local businesses, helped make this year’s pageant the most successful one yet.

The Mr. MHS Pageant began five 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 McDowell High School Student Council and the DECA. Families are chosen based on need.

Student Council and DECA Advisor Alison Garrett said, “This year our goal was to raise $15,000. We knew we would have to work extra hard to reach our goal, and I am in awe of the end result. This is a student-centered event and they put so much work into making it happen. From the very start, students help choose the families, choreograph the opening dance, write the script, create the programs, design t-shirts and posters, choose decorations, ask businesses for donations and run the show. This pageant is just proof that when given opportunities, our students will far exceed our expectations.”

This year’s theme was “Mr. MHS: Under Construction.” Contestants competed in two “wears” as well as a talent competition. The wears portion included contestants showing off how they would “construct” their perfect day and what their dream job would be. Talents ranged from live renditions of the “More Cow Bell” SNL skit, a song titled “Things You Don’t Say to Your Wife,” a hilarious magic act, to a beautiful performance of Ed Sheran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” The following contestants won awards in the categories below:

» Mr. MHS: Brad Metcalf

» People’s Choice: Trey Allison

» Mr. Sexy Legs: Seth Baird

» Mr. Money Maker: Tristin Huntsiner (raised over $1,000)

» Family’s Choice: Trey Allison, Matthew Ellis, and Troy Harris

» Mr. Congeniality: Tristin Huntsinger

» Top Five: Grayson Cole, Toby Finn, Troy Harris, Brad Metcalf, Jobie White

The winner of Mr. MHS is voted on by four judges from the school system. This year’s judges were Angie Allison, Seth Hunt, Catriona Young and Thomas Young. The pageant is student directed and run under the supervision of their teacher and advisor, Alison Garrett. This year, Student Body Treasurer Kirstyn Gragg and Student Council member, Emma Vaughn served as the backstage directors. Samantha Dotson, Fabian Bradley, Hope Turner, and Maggie Vaughn acted as stage managers. McDowell High School’s Student Body President and DECA member, Taylor Morgan and Student Council and DECA member, Levi Lister, entertained the audience as the Emcee’s for the evening. The t-shirt design and posters were designed by graphics student Keng Lynhiavu. Students in the MHS Student Council class along with DECA chapter members were in charge of planning the event, although the event itself falls under the duties of the Student Body Treasurer, Kirstyn Gragg.

The following students competed in the pageant along with their escorts:

Senior Contestants:

» Lindoro Aguirre escorted by Trinity Andersen

» Trey Allison escorted by Maggie Rader

» Matthew Ellis escorted by Carli Cook

» Jabari Ford escorted by Piper Styles

» Troy Harris escorted by Hope Turner

» Jacob Rich escorted by Alyson Kelly

» Seth Harrison escorted by Lydia Hartwell

» Tristin Huntsinger escorted by Elaina Rampey

» Dezmond Loftis escorted by Paige Shaw

» Keng Lynhiavu escorted by Litzy Pavon

» Cameron McEntire escorted by Hannah Laws

» Brad Metcalf escorted by Baylie Duckworth

Junior Contestants:

» Seth Baird escorted by Natalie Elliott

» Grayson Cole escorted by Skyler Wood

» Taye Daniels escorted by Savanna Miller

» Bryson Effler escorted by Mckenzie Hartman

» Toby Finn escorted by Gracelyn Greer

» Riley Moore escorted by Ella Pyatt

» Josh Thapa escorted by Kaylee Loftis

» Jobie White escorted by Danielle Rector

Sophomore Contestants:

» Jesse Barrier escorted by Hannah Wyatt

» Jeryah Cash escorted by Josie Morgan

» Mason Collins escorted by Sierra Honeycutt

» Michael Ellis escorted by Abby Hughes

» Thomas Laws escorted by Claudia Taylor

» Jake Marsh escorted by Abby Williams

Freshmen Contestants:

» Avery Cline escorted by Selena Vargas

» Josh Corpening escorted by Anna Carroll

» Tyler Tran escorted by Terri Blue

The McDowell High School Student Council and DECA members would like to thank the following businesses who have donated financially or have given items to be included in our raffle baskets:

KG’s Quick Stop, #1China, Aaron’s, Advance Auto Parts, All Mechanical Construction Inc., Appalachian Stone Company, Inc., Artesana, Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group, Bartlett Construction, Beam Funeral, Home & Crematory, Bible Baptist Church, Big Boy’s Car Wash, Bryd’s Auto Sales, Burrito Bros., Carolina Greystone Quarries, Carolina Interiors, Carquest Auto Parts, Catawba Valley Staffing, Inc., Chance of Sprinkles, Columbia Forest Products, Countryside BBQ. Crabby Abby’’s Bar & Grill, CVS Pharmacy, East McDowell Middle School, Eastfield Global Magnet School, Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta, ERA Real Estate, Leslie Baird & Tami Newman, Realtors, Farmasi, Fatz, First Baptist Church, Foothills Community School, Fountain Electric & Services, Foxrun Properties, Gardin Well Drilling & Pump Services, Glenwood Elementary School, Gouge Oil Company, Greene’s Motorsports, Hollifield’s Repair & Towing, Holly’s Deli & Desserts, Hook & Anchor, Jalapeno’s, KG’s Quick Stop, LA Beauty Bar, Le Petit Dance Studio, Leslie Baird, Realtor ERA Mountain View Properties, Little & Lattimore, PA, Lowe’s Hardware, M&R Motors, Marion Auto, Marion Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Marion Credit Co, Marion Elementary School, Marion Exxon, McCormick Motorsports, McDaniel Insurance Agency, McDowell Academy of Innovation, McDowell Cornerstone Credit Union, McDowell County Schools, McDowell Early College, McDowell High School, Mi Pueblito, Moldz Candy Shop, Mountain Gallery & Gifts, Mountain Lake Realty, Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Nail Expo, Nebo Elementary School, No 1 China, North Cove Elementary School, Northside Mini Storage, Nu Wave Hair Stylist, Old Fort Elementary School, Old Fort Main Street Pizza, Old Fort Wesleyan Church, Outreach Baptist Church, Paulette Davis/Shear Illusions, Phat Heads Salon, Photos By Hope, Play Again Therapy, Pleasant Gardens Elementary School, Rho Kappa, Roots Salon, Shear Illusions, Smokey Que’s, Spillway, State Farm — Brandi Vetter Agent, Studio K, Tami Newman, Realtor, ERA Mountain View Properties, The Hair Beautique, Todd’s Golden Fried, Twisted Rod Customz, Village Wellness, West Marion Elementary School, West McDowell Middle School, Whitson Realty, Zaxby’s.

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