‘All that Jazz’ theme of Mr. Golden Valley Pageant

dyawger@mercedsunstar.comFebruary 20, 2014 

Ridge Bertuccio, “Mr. Quarterback” at last year’s Mr. Golden Valley Pageant, will return to this year’s competition as a judge and to crown his successor.

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Don’t take Saturday’s Mr. Golden Valley Pageant too seriously.

That’s the advice of Golden Valley High School’s activities director, Austin Worden. Ten male students are taking part in the fundraising event designed to benefit a Make-A-Wish rally in December.

Last year, about $1,000 was raised and Worden hopes an equal amount, if not more, will be received this year. Leadership students and the student body office staff are assisting Worden in event production.

“Mr. GV is one of the more comical events leadership hosts during the school year,” Worden said. “Though it’s spoofy and fun, the senior contestants do their best to perform an entertaining show without taking themselves too seriously. From start to finish the night is a blast and well worth attending.”

Evan Stillahn, 18, is Mr. Trifecta and will perform a tribute to the Harlem Globetrotters.

“I wanted to be a part of this year’s competition because a lot of my friends were doing it and I thought it would be a fun way to get more involved with school activities,” Stillahn said. “I chose the name of Mr. Trifecta because basketball is my favorite sport and I enjoy shooting those three-pointers. I’d like to win, but if I don’t, it’s a nice way to start marking the end of my senior year.”

The school theater doors open at 6:30 p.m., and pageant begins at 7. Tickets are $5 general admission and $4 for students with their Associated Student Body sticker.

The winner of the Mr. Golden Valley crown gets $100. Prizes will be awarded for first runner-up, Mr. Congeniality and the People’s Choice Award.

Rounds of competition are a private interview with the judges; spirit, swimsuitand formal wear; and talent. Each round will be judged by a panel of Golden Valley staff judges.

Last year’s winner, Ridge Bertuccio, will be one of the judges and crown his successor. The school’s cheerleaders will perform at the event.

Doug Rowan, 18, will be Mr. Piano Man and will perform for the talent portion of the pageant.

“Being in Mr. GV gives me a chance to show a little school spirit and will make my senior year more memorable,” Rowan said.

Sun-Star staff writer Doane Yawger can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dyawger@mercedsunstar.com.

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