StuCo hosts seventh annual Mr. Mill Valley event and raises over $1,000

Senior Vinny Bruno took the crown and donated the money to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Baylen Monson, JagWire copy editor

StuCo held their seventh annual Mr. Mill Valley pageant Wednesday, Feb. 23. Senior Vinny Bruno claimed first in the contest, while junior Carter Harvey took second. The bachelors were tasked with selling tickets to raise money and ended up collecting  $1,036, all donated to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

The show featured eight upperclassmen boys, each representing an area of involvement at Mill Valley. The juniors were represented by Carter Harvey as Mr. Theater, Lucas Robins as Mr. Cross Country, Brody Shulda as Mr. Band and Marko Skavo as Mr. Basketball. The senior representatives were Nick Brubeck as Mr. Baseball, Bruno as Mr. Vid Pro, Carson Miller as Mr. Soccer and Bret Weber as Mr. Catty Shack.

The judges that determined the winner after the popular elimination vote were superintendent Dr. Frank Harwood, math teacher Kevin Mosher and principal Dr. Gail Holder. The night started with the talent portion with Harvey singing and tap dancing to “I Can Do That” from A Chorus Line and Robins’ rendition of a Bob Ross painting tutorial. Other highlights included Shulda singing and playing the saxophone to “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder and Brubeck making balloon animals. The first act wound down with a dramatic poetry section where Miller read the lyrics to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” and Skavo wrote an original poem about his talent on the basketball court.

Several contestants chose Relay for Life as their charity, but Bruno selected a different cancer research foundation. 

“I wanted to do something involving cancer… most people said MMRF was one of the best [charities],so I thought I’d want to help with that,” Bruno said. 

After being crowned by previous Mr. Mill Valley winner senior Nic Botkin, Bruno was in disbelief that he had won. 

“I always thought about wanting to win,” Bruno said, “I just felt shocked and honored after they called my name.” 

As this year’s runner up, Harvey mentioned that he was glad to contribute to a good cause.

“It feels great [being runner-up]. I’m glad I did it to raise charity,” Harvey said. 

Through this event, the boys not only raised money for a good cause, but all got to interact with one another and bond in a unique way. 

“My favorite part about the whole thing was meeting these amazing guys that I never really got to talk to before,” Harvey said.

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