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It was a fun and entertaining evening last Tuesday at Governor Mifflin High School, as six young men competed in the school’s first-ever Mr. Mifflin Pageant.
The Student Government Association at the high school and SGA Advisor Nancy Brady took on a new challenge to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund for Pediatric Cancer.
The students competed against each other in talent, lip dubbing and a question and answer segnment. In the end, senior Serban Roman took the title of Mr. Mifflin.
“I’m excited, I love when the kids come up with new ideas. There is such a wide group of events in the pageant that it attracted a diverse audience – not just a turn out for athletics and academics,” Brady said.
Emcees Alexandra Bunn and Alaina McVoy took their place at the podium to kick-off the show. McVoy told the audience that in the previous four years the SGA had raised $100,000 for the charity and has set a goal of $25,000 for this year.
And then the fun began. The contestants were introduced in Formal Wear (provided by Fifty Fifty Tuxedos) and escorted to the stage in the following order: Nate Calder escorted by Stephanie Martin, Zachary Kozzi escorted by Alaina Nawa, Serban Roman escorted by his sister, Mara Roman, Emery Rowe, escorted by Zoey Dawson, Justin Rynard escorted by Samantha Kohres and David Suchoza escorted by Madeline Kring.
Previously, recruiting the contestants had proven to be a little difficult, but Suchoza said, “When I heard activities would be group oriented and each person would be assigned a specific part, I felt more comfortable.”
“It made my decision easier knowing that other people were going in. I think it is a pretty cool idea, I hope it will be extended,” Calder added.
The Governor Mifflin Jazz Band performed with senior vocalist Candace Ebersole, followed by featured instrumentalists and varied musical pieces.
The ‘Lip Dubbing’ was next. On came the contestents in casual wear, jeans and t-shirts, lip dubbing and dancing to “Call Me Maybe” and “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy.”
The Fitness Routine was followed by the individual talent competition. Calder played guitar and sang“Daughters,” by John Mayer. Next, Kozzi entertained the crowd with his juggling and comedy routine with hockey sticks.
Roman performed a Romanian Rap song. Rowe was next, singing “No Handlebars,” followed by Rynard riding out on a unicycle. Suchoza closed out the talent competition with Lacrosse tricks.
The interviews were next. Some of the questions included: If you could have a super power what would it be? What would you take on a desert island? Who would you invite to a dinner party?
The judges’ announcement for the winners:
3rd runner up: Emery Rowe
2nd runner up: David Suchoza
Winner First Place: Seban Roman
Information about The Four Diamonds Fund was shared through a video showing Penn State’s annual THON dance marathon. The founders of the organization, the Mallards, had lost their son Christopher in 1972 to a three year battle with pediatric cancer. That day they founded the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
THON has become one of the largest student marathons in the world. Gov.Mifflin holds its own mini-THON each year to help the cause.
For more info check www.gmhs.edu and www.pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds.