The Mr. Troy High contestants, in all manner of dress, hang out backstage before Thursday night’s event. (photo by Rodney Curtis/School Life Troy)
Maybe you don’t consider waffle making and donut eating a talent. But if you were in the crowd at Troy High last night, you probably would’ve clapped just as loudly for them as you would’ve for the excellent piano playing, singing, dancing, juggling while skateboarding and yes, even a striptease.
Welcome to the 2017 Mr. Troy High pageant.
“The contestants were nominated through a voting process that took place over a few weeks during lunches,” said senior Megan Durell, one of the organizers. “Whoever got the most donations from each class are the ones here tonight.”
It wasn’t always the nominees choice to be there.
“I gave my friend a dollar to buy chips and she nominated me instead,” said 9th-grader Ethan Carpenter. “So I decided to dress like a mess.”
And it wasn’t just students who were up on stage. A chemistry teacher, a coach and an orchestra teacher competed for top honors. And then there was English teacher Jacqueline Ciolek. She wasn’t competing, but was part of the competition. Junior candidate Cole Busselle did an onstage “makeover” for Ms. Ciolek that, well, wasn’t exactly professional.
Judging was done by a few councilors, a custodian and some previous winners. Students Isaiah Smith and Drew Adams emceed the event and kept it moving along.
“This is super exciting,” said 10th-grader Natalie Eighmey, one of the organizers. “The majority of our proceeds go to Lymphoma cancer and some of it goes to the sophomore class.”
“I think it’s amazing. It’s a great way to show all the talent that Troy High has to offer. It’s also a great way to raise money and join together as a community,” said junior Lauren Bragg.
The event was broken up into four rounds:
The Best Dressed/Best Pick-up Line portion where the contestants introduced themselves and tossed out their cheesiest of lines.
Special Talent where some of the most unusual talents were on display.
Intermission/More Fundraising where the jazz band played onstage as contestants raced through the audience with large canisters filling up with more donations.
And the final round where contestants were asked their deepest of thoughts.
Senior Tyler Bouque came away as the evening’s winner, Mr. Troy High 2017. “They said ‘dress up,’ so I dressed up,” he said. Tyler appeared on stage first in a giraffe costume, swapping it out later for a tux.
“I think it’s really fun; I like watching all the different people going on,” said sophomore Amanda Soriano.
“It’s a really fun time and all the talents were really funny,” said sophomore Brooklyn Isabella.
“It’s a really funny show. It’s really worth the five dollars to get in; I loved it,” said sophomore Jenna Currier.
“It’s really entertaining. Everyone is really talented here,” said junior Kaleigh Pikulas.
At the end of the evening, Chemistry teacher Jeff Moore won the teacher’s portion of the event. And Tyler Bouque took a knee to receive the crown from last year’s winner, Michael Lin.