On Saturday, Dec. 15, the McDowell High School Student Council class and DECA club hosted the fourth annual Mr. MHS Pageant at East Middle School. The pageant was a huge success and raised over $13,000 for the Luke Losey, Tyler Manick, and Jack Thomas families.

The Mr. MHS Pageant began four years ago in an effort to help raise funds for families within the 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 and the DECA club. Families are chosen based on need.

“This event gets better every year,” said Student Council Advisor Alison Garrett. “I am so proud of every student that was involved in this year’s pageant. 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. They understand the importance of the pageant and are invested in the families we honor that evening. Our students at the high school are truly amazing. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of our local businesses this year. We are blessed to live in a community that is committed to our young people. ”

This year’s theme was “A Rootin’ Tootin’ Mr. MHS.” Contestants competed in two wears and a talent competition. The wears portion included contestants showing off their favorite superhero impersonations, with a visit from fan favorites Superman, Aquaman, The Flash and Stan Lee, to name a few. Talents ranged from a live renditions of “Elvira” by the Oak Ridge boys, a performance by Freddie Mercury singing “Somebody to Love,” and a live blues band performing, “A Red and White House”.

The following contestants won awards in the categories below:

Mr. MHS: Hayden Vaughn

People’s Choice: Nick Greene

Mr. Sexy Legs: Dylan Brewer

Mr. Money Maker: Nick Greene

Family’s Choice: Keaton Wooten, JT Curtis, and Hayden Vaughn:

Mr. Congeniality: Nick Greene

“All In Award” (Four year award): Nick Greene & Keaton Wooten

Top Five: Seth Baird, Nick Greene, Keng Lynhiavu, Hayden Vaughn, & Keaton Wooten

The winner of Mr. MHS is voted on by four judges from the school system. This year’s judges were Turner Kincaid, Heather Martin, Cherelle Pack and Danny Shaw. The pageant is student directed and run under the supervision of their teacher and advisor.

This year, Student Body Treasurer Emma Vaughn and Student Council and DECA member Aaron Loftis served as the backstage directors. Charlie Moore, Samantha Dotson, Callie Spratt, and Tristin Huntsinger acted as stage managers. McDowell High School’s Student Body Vice President and DECA member Taylor Morgan and Student Body President and DECA member Lake Silver entertained the audience as the emcees for the evening. The T-shirt design and posters were designed by graphics student and DECA member Keng Lynhiavu.

Nick Greene and Keaton Wooten were the only two students that had participated in the event all four years of high school.

“Mr. MHS has been an inspiration to me,” said Wooten. “It has shown me that I can make a difference and help people in our community. It has been a pleasure to be a part of something this big.”

“After my first year, I was hooked,” said Greene. “It was the most fun I had ever had and it has been such a great experience seeing our community come together and to support such amazing families. It has truly been a blessing to be a part of this.”

Each contestant raised at least $200 in order to participate, although some students raised more than $700 on their own. This year, the contestant’s female escorts also raised at least $50 to participate. All proceeds went directly to the Losey, Manick and Thomas families.

Over 250 businesses donated to the event.

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