StuCo holds second-annual Mr. Mill Valley competition

Fundraiser benefits Lukemia and Lymphoma Society

Kat Anglemyer, JAG editor-in-chief

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Junior Tom McClain received the title of Mr. Mill Valley after the second annual StuCo-sponsored pageant on Wednesday, March 30.

Three boys from the junior class and three from the senior class participated. The contestants from the junior class were McClain, Spencer Butterfield and Austin Garner, and contestants from the senior class were Garrett Fields, Nick Booth and Cooper Hutteger.

“I did not expect to win at all,” McClain said. “At first I was just in shock, and then I figured I should go get the crown from [senior Tyler Shurley]. I was just trying to make some good poses to impress the judges, but also not fall over.”

Each contestant came on stage wearing spirit wear and started by answering questions about their personalities. After the interview portion, the contestants changed into formal wear and recited a poem of their choice. McClain said he chose his poem to make for a dramatic reading.

“I chose ‘The Sun Rising’ by John Donne because it is romantic and very sentimental,” McClain said. “I figured I could woo the audience and the judges with such an emotional performance.”

Tickets sold in advance were $1, and tickets at the door were $2. According to Shurley, last year’s winner and a StuCo member, the proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“We’ve been doing fundraisers for [LLS] for the past few years, with open mic nights and other events like that,” Shurley said. “When we started up Mr. Mill Valley, we thought it would be fitting to go ahead and send that money towards the LLS as well.”

With Mr. Mill Valley being a new fundraiser, Shurley said he has hopes the competition will continue on.
“It was a good experience to pass on the crown to someone new,” Shurley said. “I think we’ve started a fun new tradition that’ll hopefully stick around.”

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