Amy Cunningham
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There’s a new Mr. GEHS in town — senior Tommy Brady was crowned at the annual pageant held at Gardner Edgerton High School Saturday evening.

Below: Kyle Pacheco, right, and Brenda Cloud proudly shows off Kyle’s sportswear, professionally crocheted, during one portion of the event. All competitors modeled sportswear and formal wear. Other talents during the show included interpretive dances, skits, musical numbers, a bear wrestling duo and a balloon animal artist. Submitted photo courtesy of Kayla Cissell.

The contest, open to junior and senior males at the high school, features participants in a sportswear and formalwear section as well as a question and answer period and a talent contest.  According to Cassie Barton, event chaperone and Student Council sponsor, talents ran the gamut from song and dance numbers, to a contestant who created balloon animals, to a stand-up comedy routine.
“They were a very talented group,” Barton said. “They got creative with it. Hayden (Cain), the stand-up comedian, he wrote his own (routine). Nobody had any idea that he liked to do that, and it was so fun and good to see.”

Austin Gruber and Justin Long compete in the talent portion of the pageant with an interpretive dance. The Mr. GEHS pageant was open to all junior and senior males at the school. Twenty one students competed in the annual pageant. Submitted photo courtesy of Kayla Cissell

Twenty one contestants vied for the crown, and, Barton stated, more importantly to the participants, they were competing for pride.
“They do have fun with it, but they are serious about the competition,” Barton said.  “The competition gets pretty heated. They want to win the crown, but what they really want to win is bragging rights. That’s         something that they covet.”
Contestants kicked off the evening with a group dance routine choreographed by seniors Erica Johnson, Kami Zahner and Gabby Dellinger.  Barton said that the group worked for a month perfecting the number.
Five GEHS teachers served as judges, evaluating poise, and showmanship.
Brady, eventually crowned the champ, wowed the judges with his tribute to pop sensation Justin Bieber.
“I’m kind of a fan, I guess you could say. I think his music is catchy,” Brady

Right: Tommy Brady, GEHS senior, participates in the talent portion of the Mr. GEHS competition. Here he dishes up a Justin Bieber number while dressed as the teen sensation. In the question and answer segment of the program, Brady said his dream date would be pop star Beyoncé. At the end of the night, Brady walked away with the title of Mr. GEHS. Submitted photo courtesy of Kayla Cissell.

said.  “It is a night to be goofy and entertain the people who come. There is a winner but to go out there and have fun, that’s the most important thing.”
Moving into the question and answer portion of the evening, Brady once again struck a homerun, drawing the question, who would you take on a dream date?  The senior answered, telling the judges he would take the singer Beyoncé out, “because she’s really beautiful and I think we would have a good time.”
As the winner, Brady took home $100 in prize money, but infinite amounts of respect from his peers.
Barton said, in addition to Brady, several other awards were handed out during the evening.  For the first time in the history of the competition two performers received the Mr. Talent award.  Senior Joey Wagner and junior Hayden Cain were each named as the recipient of the award.  Wagner entered his improve acting into the competition, and Cain performed a self-written stand-up comedy routine.
Cain also received the Mr. Congeniality award, voted on by his peers in the competition.
Students were responsible for putting together their sportswear outfits for the modeling portion of the contest.  Tuxedos for the formalwear portion of the event were donated by Golden Goose and Mia’s Bridal and Tuxedo.
The competition is sponsored by Student Council as a fundraiser for the Mayor’s Christmas for Children Program.  Barton expects to donate more than $1000 raised during the event to the project.