Mr. Thurston Pageant

By Junior Jasmine Quates

The Thurston High School National Honors Society once again presented their annual Mr. Thurston Pageant to raise money for The Make a Wish Foundation.  

The event which is sponsored by Randazzo Tuxedos raised $1752.88 for an extremely worthy cause.

It was a night of humor and giggles where the pageant is more of a parody than a typical “beauty pageant.”

After an opening dance where the contestants first start the night, each young man had a Q&A. They were asked questions like “What food could you eat for the rest of your life?” and “If you could go on vacation with a teacher who would you choose?” The questions were in no way on a serious level, unlike the ones in the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant where contestants faced questions on gun control, US military presence in the world, terrorism, and drug abuse.

Totally meant to be a fun night where the contestants were not under too much pressure, each contestant had to present to the audience their best pick up line. Each contestant had a female to try the lines on as well.

One of the fan favorites was when Cedric Ashford came onto stage with one of our “hit-on” girls. He pointed to his hand and said “Feel this.This is that boyfriend material.”

In true pageant fashion, the contestants had to decide what to do for the talent portion.  For some boys, finding this true talent was still being contemplated right before they got on stage.

Alonzo McCoy dazzled us with his amazing back flips and Steven Ogden surprised the whole crowd with his creative dancing.

Brian Alley came up to the microphone and without a classier way to put it, did “hand farts.”

When asked if he thought that was a talent, he said “It isn’t?”

The last act of the night was the swim-suit contest. All of the boys came out and showed the crowd their summer bodies. Some boys may or may not have drawn “six pack” abs on their stomach with a sharpy.  Remember this pageant was a judgment free zone.

Although the night was lighthearted and fun, a huge shout out must be given to the boys who risked getting in front of their peers to raise money for a wonderful charity.

Kudos and bravo to:  Eric Bell, Alonzo McCoy, Anthony Garrison, Zach Lassen, Mario Timmons, Stephen Ogden, Tayron Turner, Danzel Williams, Cedric Ashford, Andrew Collins, and Brian Alley.

Congrats to the winners:  People’s Choice Stephen Ogden and Judge’s Award Cedric Ashford.

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