Smith-Cotton’s biggest and best athletes and competitors will take the stage in their finest dresses and strut their stuff in a one-of-a-kind beauty pageant. The spin to this, however, is that only guys will be participating and will be competing Thursday, March 10, to be crowned “Mr. S-C.”
Teri Turner, speech and theater teacher at Smith-Cotton, decided to put Mr. S-C back on as a fundraiser for the theater department. The last Mr. S-C was hosted in 2011, but it was something of a tradition before then.
Each contestant represents their sports team or club. Coaches and advisers nominate students in their programs for the competition. Senior Carlton Homan is representing the track and field team. Homan said he will win the people’s votes with “heart, perseverance and a little elbow grease;” he expects the competition will be fun.
Sam Kindle, a senior representing baseball, is looking forward to “competing with all my friends, laughing and having fun.” However, Kindle also said winning Mr. S-C is “everything; I don’t like to lose. It’s not an option.”
The 12 contestants will fight for the crown through these categories: talent, spirit wear, formal wear and an interview. Turner said having the young men dress in drag for the formal wear competition is “more comical than controversial.” Kindle said, “No, it doesn’t bother me … everyone will be doing it so you’re not going to be alone. It’s just for fun.”
The pageant starts at 7 p.m. in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at the high school. Admission is $5.