January 24, 2008
The seven contestants posed, strutted, sang, and showed off their smoothest pick-up lines.
Tommy Tally, Raymond Arias, Santonio Watkins, Lary Lehman, Taylor Paul, Steinn Halldorsson, and Ricky Clark moved onto the auditorium stage at Smith-Cotton High School in a choreographed dance number.
Their moves drew laughs and applause from the about 200 people in attendance, especially when they ripped off their shirts.
The Mr. S-C ‘08 Candy Man pageant, organized by the student council, featured the contestants vying for the title in swim wear, evening wear, talent, best pick-up line, and question-and-answer categories.
Tommy Tally, the runner-up in the competition, was asked why he decided to participate in a male beauty pageant.
“I wanted to strut my stuff for my school, show off for the ladies, maybe get a date for Friday night,” he said.
Steinn Halldorsson showed off his rapping skills during the talent competition.
“I always wanted to be a rapper,” he said.
“I’m here to prove that white people can not only jump, they can rap,” he said, before starting his number.
The competition drew cheers and laughs from the about 200 people in the audience Wednesday evening.
“I loved the talent portion. It was hysterical,” said sophomore Gina Earietto.
Fellow sophomore Josh Groves agreed that the talent show was the best part of the night.
“The rest of it was not that enjoyable for a guy to watch,” said Groves.
“I liked how everybody tried to express themselves and show how creative they could be,” said sophomore Amanda Duchone.
Barb White was there to support her daughter, Brooke, the president of the Student Council and one of the event’s organizers and hosts.
“It’s nice to see kids get creative and have a good time. IT takes a lot of guts to get up there and it takes a lot of work to put it together,” she said.
The judges were school board President Dr. Jeff Sharp, Assistant Superintendent Bradley Pollitt, and Jamie Seifert, director of the Home Health Hospice at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
The scored the contestants during the events and broke a tie to choose the winner.
At the end of the night senior Lary Lehman wore the crown and carried the candy cane.
For video of the event, visit our video section.