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Glam, glitter … and muscle

OCHS Male Pageant is something different, with a cause in mind

Feb. 25, 2011

Oak Creek — Don't call it a beauty pageant - after all, the young men want to be appreciated for more than their physical attributes.

But, to be fair, the Oak Creek High School's first-ever Male Pageant on March 11 could borrow that stigma from their female counterparts along with other pageantry elements you'd expect. Like the active wear, talent and interview portions of the competition.

It's all in fun, and the novelty is the selling point, said Katie Berns, who is doing the publicity on behalf of the show's sponsor, the Oak Creek Senior Class Officers of 2010-11.

"We know it's different," Berns said with a laugh. "It's kind of like Junior Miss, but for boys instead."

A gift idea

The idea started when Cindy Reid, one of Oak Creek's senior class officers, attended a leadership conference in which students from many schools discussed a number of issues, including what promotions student governing bodies can create for fundraising - in this case, with proceeds going toward a senior class gift for the school, given at graduation, Berns explained.

By opening up the event to the public, the senior class hopes to take in $1,000. Admission will be $3 for everyone.

"A different school actually had the idea first and did it before," Berns said. "Cindy is the one who came back to us with the idea, and she thought it would be really fun and generate a lot of profit since it is an interesting event."

Becoming 'Mr. Oak Creek'

The pageant will consist of 15 boys, who will go through several rounds of elimination before "Mr. Oak Creek" is ultimately crowned.

The list of contestants - all senior boys at OCHS - has not been finalized, but the preliminary contestants include Dominic Strack, Chris Bournelis, Jamal McNutt, Luis Torres, Zak Lenski, Derrick Ziegler, William Canzoneri, Scott Buth, Jorge Carranza, John Hammernik, Stephan Hart, Jacob Wergin, Aaron Maybin, and Joshua Chomicki.

Maybin said he hasn't had any trouble getting into the spirit of the competition, as have his friends.

"It seems like a lot of people are excited about it, and I'm actually excited," he said. "A lot of my friends are doing it - at the lunch table, it's getting kind of competitive."

Hammernik also has seen a healthy interest in the competition and its cause, but the actual pageant also could leave some of the contestants unnerved a bit. For instance, each has to select a "talent," which only the five finalists will be called upon to perform.

"That's one of the things I find interesting, because you get weirded out by the fact that a majority aren't going to be doing the talent, but they are going to have to be prepared," he said. "Most of the guys are having a lot of trouble coming up with a talent, because there are light bulbs in that room and we don't want to break any of them by singing."

Yes, appearance is part of the gig, including formal wear and active wear segments, he noted.

The winner will receive a plaque to be kept in the trophy case at the school, the title of "Mr. Oak Creek" and other keepsake awards and privileges.

For information, call (414) 768-6210.

At a Glance

WHAT: Oak Creek High School Male Pageant

WHEN: 7 p.m. March 11

WHERE: main gym, Oak Creek High School, 340 E. Puetz Road

HOW MUCH: $3 per person

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