`Beefcake' on display in Atholton High pageant

Neighbors

March 22, 2000|By Heather Tepe | Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

STRUTTING THEIR stuff down the catwalk to the Right Said Fred song, "I'm Too Sexy," 17 Atholton High School junior and senior guys were met with screams of approval from the teen-age girls who packed the school auditorium Thursday night.

The Mr. AHS and Professor AHS competitions combine a talent show with tongue-in-cheek beauty competition for boys and male teachers at the school. The junior class sponsors the show, and proceeds are used to help fund the prom.

"It's probably the most fun night of the whole year," said Colleen Rodberg, secretary to the principal and one of the adult coordinators for the event. "I absolutely love it."

One of this year's contestants, Scott Malczewski, said, "I went to see it last year, and I enjoyed it so much, I had to be in it."

The five teachers in the contest were recruited by Tori Thorn, business and computer teacher and junior class sponsor at the school.

The students submit a short biography to be included in the printed program. Contestant Adam Roth's bio read, "Describes himself as 150 pounds of pure Jewish muscle. Says the ladies usually call him `Get away from us.'"

Points are awarded to each individual for their performance in the opening number, the GQ competition, the talent portion of the show, the tuxedo competition and the final question.

A panel of teachers judge the student competition, and a panel of students score the points for the Professor AHS title.

In the GQ competition, Mr. AHS contestants dance down the runway to music of their choosing in clothing they select to reflect their personalities. Robert Olson, aka "Big Bobbolino," walked the runway in a Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans while taking bites from the hamburgers he held in his hands.

Robert Gayhardt, father of senior contestant Ray Gayhardt, said, "It takes a lot of guts to get up there and do what they're doing. It's fantastic. They're a good bunch of kids."

For their talent presentation, the teachers did a parody of students in a classroom. Art teacher Scott Brenfleck dressed in Goth attire and English teacher Chris Mackechnie dressed as a female student who applied makeup throughout class.

Wearing tuxedos donated by Royal Formal Wear, the students were challenged to come up with a clever way to present a rose to their female escorts in the tuxedo competition. Brian Calvery escorted Janelle Gross to the center of the stage where he presented her with three balloons. Calvery popped the balloons with a pin, revealing a rose inside the last one.

After the votes were tallied, Josh Kelly won the title of Mr. AHS, and Mackechnie was crowned Professor AHS.

First runner-up Adrian Hoffman also won the Best Dancer award; Scott Sebor won the Prince Charming sash; Pat Bredland won the award for Most Talented; Malczewski was presented with the sash for Best Sense of Humor; and Kyle Archard was voted Mr. Congeniality by his fellow contestants.

In addition to the title and the crown, Kelly won two tickets to the prom, valued at $80 each. He said it's pretty cool to walk down the halls at school and have kids shout, "There's Mr. AHS!"

Scouts restore history

Cub Scouts from pack 618 helped restore the USS Constellation at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore earlier this month.

Matt Bayes, Ben Burns, Nathan Foley, Andrew Hallford, David Klotz, Dusty Michener, Pat Newcomer and Matt Stout were given a tour of the 1854 sloop by Eagle Scout Todd Johnson.

Shipwright Apprentice Jack Ferrante put the Scouts to work preserving, puttying and cleaning sections of the ship.

Bike swap

The public is invited to a free Bicycle Swap this weekend at Princeton Sports and Travel, 10730 Little Patuxent Pkwy.

The swap runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Information: 410-995-1894.

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