By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Sixteen contestants representing classes, clubs and sports teams good-naturedly competed in categories including legs, talent, formalwear and interview at the 27th annual Mr. Marlborough High School (MHS) Pageant, presented March 11 at the 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium. This year’s pageant theme was “wedding,” featuring a song-and-dance number of “Marry You!”
A slideshow of contestants’ baby photos entertained the well-attended audience as the judges’ votes were calculated. Crowned Mr. MHS 2016 was Spencer Geary, Mr. Cross Country. Named first runner-up was Liam Shanahan, Mr. Senior Class, and second runner-up was Matthew Cummings, Mr. Senior Activities Board.
Continuing the tradition to invite a current state titleholder as a judge, this year’s pageant welcomed Whitney Sharpe, Miss Massachusetts 2016. Other judges were Mayor Arthur Vigeant; Steve LeDuc, former state representative and current assistant magistrate at Marlborough District Court; and Jeffrey Stupik of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.
Charlotte Jolley, a senior, and Sophia Naqvi, a junior, co-hosted the pageant. Returning as special guest hosts were last year’s first and second runner-up finalists Peter DiPersio and Connor Bailey. Vocalists Kalah Karloff and Rachel Steadman, both seniors, also performed.
The pageant is sponsored by the MHS chapter of the American Field Service, an international nonprofit organization that promotes a better understanding of different cultures. Stephanie Parker is the faculty advisor. Proceeds from the pageant go toward future domestic exchange programs. According to a disclaimer in the program, “The Mr. MHS Pageant is a spoof on a beauty pageant. No harm or offense is intended toward any individual or group.”
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.