Eight students vye for the title of Mr. SHS PDF Print E-mail

The boys at Salem High School took center stage last week at the Mr. Salem High School pageant.


This was the fifth year for the event, which also doubles as a fundraiser for the girls’ basketball team.

“I saw this at Brownsburg High School,” said Salem girls’ basketball Head Coach Jerry Hickey. “It’s a beauty pageant for boys.”

The pageant features a get-to-know you segment where contestants walk out to a song and dress in something that defines them.”

The pageant also has a talent portion and a formal wear segment.

“They also have to answer a Miss America type question,” Hickey said.

If those things weren’t entertainment enough, contestants also perform a choreographed dance number.

“The dance team volunteers for this,” Hickey said. “They make up the dance and teach it to them!”

The 2017 Mr. Salem High School is junior CJ Swift. He beat out seven others to take the crown.

Sophomore Kameron Gumaelius was first runner-up; and second runner-up was Evan Shelby.

“The boys have a great time and the crowd really enjoys it, as well,” Hickey said.

Swift won a 32-inch  flat screen TV and a crown; secnd-place got $100 gift card and third-place gets $50 gift card.

Funds are raised for the girls’ basketball program with the purchase of tickets to watch the pageant and Hickey said sponsors also donate money to advertise at the event and to be part of it.