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Contestants from an earlier Mr. WHS pageant take the stage to present their talent.
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Originally published: 2014-04-28 08:42:50
Last modified: 2014-04-28 08:48:25

Mr. Watauga High School pageant to help raise funds for families

by Sherrie Norris

Every high school has its signature event that draws a crowd every year. 

Friday night football tops most lists, but the annual Mr. WHS pageant at Watauga High School, scheduled for Saturday, May 10, is easily classified as an entertainment event to rival others.

It's a male beauty pageant that never fails to provide an enjoyable evening filled with amusing performances not easily forgotten, but that's just one part of its purpose.

According to Emily Nolte, student council adviser for the event for the last two years, the Mr. WHS pageant, now in its 14th year, serves as a major fundraiser for area families experiencing financial difficulty due to illness, death or other life-altering situations. 

Funds from the 2014 pageant will go toward helping with medical and other unmet needs of Hardin Park Elementary teacher Corrie Freeman, who has battled a cancer diagnosis for the past year; the Earl Johnson family; and an another local family which will remain anonymous. 

"This pageant is a wonderful display of students coming together to help others," said Darcy Carson, on behalf of the school's student council, which sponsors the event.

About 20 to 25 male students who have raised money, at least $200 each as part of their registration requirements, will be performing in the show, Nolte said. 

"Their acts will include a variety of songs and dances, a fashion show and family friendly comedy," she said.

Mr. WHS is a highly anticipated annual event that began in 2000 as a student council project to raise money for high school teacher and swim coach Lan O'Laughlin, who was battling cancer. During the first year, $4,000 was raised, with the numbers increasing nearly every year since. 

Last year's Mr. WHS pageant raised $25,000, and was also divided among three families.

The event will be held in the WHS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the school during lunch breaks or at the school's front office the week prior to the show. 

Tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. on show day, however it is advised to purchase them in advance, as they are expected to sell out quickly.For more information, call the WHS office at (828) 264-2407.