By Armand Manoukian
The beauty pageant has been a staple of American society since the 1920s, and for the past three years, LCHS has used the beauty pageant formula to raise money for a commendable cause.
The Mr. LC competition involved eight senior boys, all of whom were chosen by the student body: Mr. Humor, Graham Paul; Mr. Artsy, Shahin Ansari; Mr. Sporty, Mikey Selsor; Mr. Style, Carlo Rizzo; Mr. Intellect, Jordan Cutler-Tietjen; Mr. Spirit, Grant Parker; Mr. Flirty, Elias de Faria; Mr. Kindness, Mel Schroeder; and Mr. Physique, Elias Figueroa. They threw away their pride not only to make the student body laugh, but also to benefit a good cause.
During the intermission, $2,541 was raised and all of the donations went towards the City of Hope Hospital. City of Hope is a private, non-profit clinical research center and hospital that specializes in children who suffer from cancer. Since the Mr. LC pageant started three years ago, it has donated a sizeable amount to City of Hope, giving children who are fighting the toughest battles imaginable the strength to keep going.
The talent portion of the competition left the audience in tears of laughter.
Graham, accompanied by his dog, brought the “awww” factor, although according to him, his animal is actually very “vicious.”
Shahin Ansari, with assistance from saxophonist Eric Han, displayed his best George Michael impression by lip dubbing “Careless Whisper.”
Mikey Selsor put Jimmy Fallon to shame with his rendition of “Tight Pants” with help from his close friend Charlie Steckbeck.
Carlo Rizzo earned his minimum wage from Jersey Mike’s by mixing hot music with his undeniable ability to make a sandwich Mike’s way.
Jordan Cutler-Tietjen, who starred in the sixth grade school play as Willy Wonka, took us all back to simpler times with his beautiful cover of “Pure Imagination.”
Grant Parker channelled the emotions of basically every high school senior in a comedic reading of his college rejection letters.
Elias de Faria showed off his smooth piano skills by playing at an alarming speed, then one-upping himself by doing the same thing blindfolded.
Mel Schroeder blew the audience away with his interesting hole-in-the-newspaper magic trick.
Elias Figueroa, clad in a revealing tank top, buffed out his chest and put on his best ape impression, even getting the teacher judges involved.
The swimsuit competition was nothing but objectification, but it was during this segment that hosts Jenna Dorse and Jesse Landesman brought Julia Harbolt on to the stage. She explained the real reason Mr. LC is held and introduced Carter Millic, who shared her experiences with cancer and asked the audience to help patients who are going through the same thing. It was a sobering moment for the crowd, and they responded by raising the aforementioned $2,451.
The contestants answered a variety of question following the intermission. Shahin joked about his involvement in The Lens, Mel went on about how the country needs more tall people, and Graham announced his new partnership with Cactus Cooler.
Mr. Physique, Elias Figueroa, was ultimately crowned the winner. Reflecting on his victory, Elias said, “It was fun to perform and make the audience laugh, but the real purpose for having everyone there was to raise money and awareness for cancer. Yes, I was crowned Mr. LC, but Carter is Ms. LC. She is my new hero.”
Mikey Selsor added, “Being able to be a part of such a good cause is a fantastic feeling, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic about how much money we raised.”
The boys closed off the night with a huge dance number, leaving the audience in tears of laughter.
Carlo Rizzo concluded, “Great workout. 10/10 would recommend.”
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