HARWICH ─ Do you have a special talent? Do you long for the spotlight? Do you want to support Monomoy Regional High School's Class of 2019 in their efforts to raise money for prom? Then you could be the first Mr. Monomoy!
Mr. Monomoy is a revamped fundraiser that will focus on the future while taking a page from the past. According to Junior Class officer Izzy O'Donnell, the event has its origins n the history of Harwich High School.
“Harwich had a tradition of doing this male beauty pageant,” said O'Donnell. “So we're bringing it back.”
O'Donnell said the event pokes fun at classic women's beauty pageants and will feature a wealth of categories that will help judges – Jennifer Police, Kelly Terrenzi, and either Angie Chilaka or Stacy Yarnall – determine the first Mr. Monomoy, including a question and answer segment, a talent portion, best smile, hair, and legs, best school spirit, and best costume or formal attire.
“If somebody wants to wear a nice suit or a tuxedo they can do that, but it's close to Halloween so we thought guys could have fun with doing a costume and be creative that way,” said Betsy Casey, Monomoy guidance counselor and group advisor. “We're also going to ask them about how they demonstrate school spirit, because it is Mr. Monomoy, after all.”
In terms of talent, performances must be school appropriate.
“Hopefully singing, dancing, maybe telling jokes,” said Casey.
Should the cheeky event end in a tie, the victory will come down to a very special, super-secret tiebreaker.
The winner will not only receive bragging rights, but also gift cards from area businesses, as well as a crown and sash, while a People's Choice winner will also receive a $100 gift card.
“It will be a big honor to wear that sash,” joked Casey. “All the publicity. He can sign autographs.”
The event aims to raise at least $2,000 toward the annual Junior Prom, which takes place in the spring at the Wychmere Beach Club. O'Donnell said the fundraiser is necessary to help defray the ever-increasing prices associated with prom.
“I think that the biggest challenge is that the prices are so high for prom,” she said. “If the prices were lower it would probably be easier.”
Class officer Jason Masiello, who will be competing in the pageant, is looking forward to having a good time with it.
“I think it's just going to be really fun,” he said. “Seeing some of the guys up there embarrassing themselves, me included. It's going to be a fun atmosphere.”
“I think it's a good way to bring together the kids from different grades and the school in general because I think we're looking more toward school spirit and unity,” said O'Donnell. “It's traditions like these that would really make Monomoy more of a community.”
Casey said the organizers would like to see at least five entrants from each class, with one student per grade being chosen for the “Final Five.” Ideally, the more participants, the bigger the crowd and the greater the amount raised, which helps carry on the longstanding tradition of prom.
“Our school, as a new school, has lost a lot of traditions,” said Masiello. “So keeping up prom is kind of essential for school spirit and pride.”
“It gets everyone excited and involved,” O'Donnell said. “No matter who the kid is, he or she wants to go to prom. It's the one thing I think that really brings a grade together.”
While the Mr. Monomoy event does carry on an old Harwich tradition, plans are in the works to look into the past of Chatham High to find traditions there that could also be brought forward.
“We're definitely open to suggestions,” said Casey.
The Mr. Monomoy pageant will be held Oct. 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Monomoy Regional High School gym.