On Sunday, Nov. 11, first-year Patrick Striefel was crowned the 2012-2013 Mr. SMC, as the annual competition took place in the Raley Great Room during brunch.
Students gathered to watch their classmates compete in the pageant that consisted of five competition categories: Formal wear, Celebrity Impersonation, Swimwear, Talent, and Question and Answer portion. The three contestants were Striefel, junior Patrick Meade, and sophomore Darrell Jackson.
All three contestants were nominated by friends and classmates in the week prior to the competition by paying a quarter for each vote. The pageant was judged by SGA president senior Andrew Reighart, Class of 2015 President Kate Brennan, Class of 2016 President Andrew Wilhelm, and 2011-2012 Mr. SMC senior Josh Olexa. Senior Michael Bargamian and junior Anuli Duru were the event’s masters of ceremonies (MCs).
The competition started off as Bargamian and Duru introduced each contestant to the crowd as they showed off their formal wear to the audience.
Next came the celebrity impersonation and talent portions. Meade played water glasses as his talent, which were really red solo cups, in his own comical impersonation of Gracie Lou Freebush’s talent from the film Miss Congeniality. Jackson explained to the crowd what really happened between Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Justin Timberlake, and Streifel sang his own rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon.”
After the men showed off their swimwear, the Question and Answer portion followed. Contestants were asked each two different questions ranging from “what does your perfect date looked like?” and “Who most inspires you the most?” to the more comical questions like “What is your most embarrassing moment to date?” and “Boxers or briefs?” After the Q&A was over, the judges put in their final votes and decided the winner.
As the three contestant gathered on stage, Bargamian and Duru announced Jackson as the second runner-up, Meade and the first runner-up, and Streifel as the winner. Olexa officially crowned Streifel with a paper crown and plastic chain as Streifel assumed his new title for the remainder of the school year.
The competition is a fundraiser for the Class of 2014, who plans and hosts the event each year. All money raised by contestants and donated by voters and audience members will be donated to the class. While the Class of 2014 executive board was not yet sure of the total funds raised by the competition, Streifel alone raised $60.
Streifel, a member of the SMC Men A Capella group, mentioned that most of his funds and votes came from his fellow singers in the group. “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “When I got nominated, I was totally up for it, and I’m glad I did it.”
“At first I was pretty resistant,” said first runner-up Meade, about competing in the pageant. “But then my friends convinced me that it would be a great fundraiser for my class so I decided to do it. And it was fun, I don’t think I embarrassed myself too horribly.”