Competing for the title

Senior boys to participate in Mr. Farmer competition


Clarise Tujardon

Junior Madelyn Bloom escorts senior Chris Alspaugh during rehearsal for the Mr. Farmer competition on Tuesday, Feb. 25 during B-block Lunch.

The Mr. Farmer competition will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with a $5 admission fee in the auditorium from 7 p.m to 9:30 p.m. The contest will consist of four categories: the opening dance, swimsuit, formal wear and final round of question and answer.

“The purpose is to have fun and not be serious,” StuCo adviser Allison Stamey said. “It’s been successful and this will be the third year, we’ll have a lot of people come.”

Senior boys will be given the opportunity to represent the organizations they’re involved in. The first place winner of Mr. Farmer will be awarded a $100 scholarship, a crown and sash, and the second and third place runners-up will also receive sashes.

The top three Mr. Farmer contestants will advance to the Mr. LISD pageant which will take place at The Colony High School on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. and will have a chance to receive a $500 scholarship. 

“It’s actually pretty cool because it’s run by students,” senior Jimmy Piraino said. “Mrs. Stamey oversees everything and we practice for rehearsals which is pretty fun. The point of it is we’re representing our student [organizations like] theater [and] baseball.”

The contestants practice after school in the auditorium. There, they rehearse the steps for the opening dance each contestant will individually perform.

“My favorite part is doing the rehearsals, getting to know everybody and doing the dances,” senior Jackson Perduyn said. “No one’s really done [dancing] except for a few of them, everyone’s not very good at this. Some people are better at other things, so it’s good to see how everyone’s doing.”

Overall, contestants have and continued to learn more about themselves by entering this competition.

“I learned that to enter a contest like this, you need to view this with an open heart and open mind,” Piraino said. “If you just close yourself off in a box, there is no way you can do something like this.”