Mr. WHHS Brings the Community Together to Raise Funds for HCPS Families

Mr. WHHS Contestants in a circle celebrating.

(Photo by Blue Ridge Expressions Photography)

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (May 22, 2023)- On Saturday, May 6, 2023, the West Henderson High School DECA chapter hosted their Inaugural Mr. WHHS Pageant. The pageant was held in honor of the Aidan Burnette and Sydney Bailey families. Students set a goal to raise $6,000 and exceeded their goal with a total of over $13,000.  Each contestant raised at least $100 to compete and the girls accompanying the boys in the pageant raised at least $50. That money, along with the generous donations of individuals and local businesses, helped make this year’s pageant successful.

The Mr. WHHS Pageant is an all-male pageant created to raise money for families within the Henderson County Public School community that have suffered a great loss or are dealing with major medical issues. Families are nominated by employees in the Henderson County School system and voted on by members of the West Henderson High School DECA Chapter. Families are chosen based on need.

Marketing teacher and DECA Advisor Alison Garrett said, “I am blown away by the amount we were able to raise this year.  I can’t thank our community enough for their generous donations to this event. Every student involved in this event worked hard to accomplish their goal. What makes this pageant extra special is that our students take control and shine. We had 25 boys compete for the first year of the pageant and the fact that they surpassed their goal by that much is just incredible.”

Mr. WHHS is a student-run event. Students are in charge backstage, choreograph the opening dance, write the script, create the programs, design t-shirts and posters, choose decorations, ask businesses for donations and run the show. The pageant is a fantastic way to showcase what students in our community are capable of when given the opportunity.

Junior contestant, Braxton Miller said, “”Mr. WHHS was awesome.  I loved seeing everyone show up to support this event and having the families in the front row.  It is the best thing I have ever been a part of in high school.”

Sophomore contestant, Roscoe Greene said,  “Mr. WHHS was a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone and get involved in something I typically would not do. I have Mr. WHHS to thank for new friendships, new experiences and just an overall great time.”

This year’s theme was “Mr. WHHS: Party in the USA”. Contestants competed in two “wears” as well as a talent competition. The wears portion included contestants showcasing their favorite American Icon and their idea of a perfect date night. Talents ranged from crowd favorite original acts like “Beach Ball Ballet,” “Feliz Bottom Jeans,” to a rendition of John Denver’s “Country Roads,” and various other acts. The following contestants won awards in the categories below:

Mr. WHHS:  Allen Bartley

People’s Choice:  Allen Bartley

Mr. Sexy Legs:  Baylor Barrett

Mr. Money Maker: Luke Atkins

Family’s Choice: Luke Atkins & Allen Bartley

Mr. Congeniality: Baylor Barrett

Top Five: Luke Atkins, Allen Bartley, Cooper Hughes, Jackson McCraw, Trey Whitaker

The winner of  Mr. WHHS is voted on by four judges from the school system.  This year’s judges were April Bryson, Jackie Corn, Matthew Parent, and Jessica Stepp. The pageant is student directed and run under the supervision of their teacher and advisor, Alison Garrett. This year, DECA member Ellory Johnson served as the backstage director.  Caroline Frampton, Holden Hamlin, Cole Reasoner, Jaylen Robinson, and Olessya Wulfers  acted as stage managers. Jackson Boughter, Braydn Ross, and Sophie Ruzich ran the sound and lights, while Linda Bryant, Olivia McCutcheon, and Eva Shin worked front-of-the-house and were responsible for the set design. DECA officer Naomi Cannon and Carson Cathey entertained the audience as the emcee’s for the evening. The opening dance was choreographed by Paityn and Cole Reasoner. The event t-shirts were designed by former DECA member Taylor Moser and printed by 1st Choice Graphics. The “Man Enough” and “Family Videos” were created by Caroline Frampton and Theron Rodriguez. Students in the WHHS DECA chapter members were in charge of planning the event.

The following students competed in the pageant along with their escorts:

Senior Contestants:

Luke Atkins escorted by Paityn Reasoner

Baylor Barrett escorted by Haley McIntyre

Allen Bartley escorted by LaShea Morlu

Grayson Barton escorted by Tatum Garrett

Cooper Hughes escorted by Presley Gonzales

Lukas Kachilo escorted by Emery Sprouse

Jackson McCraw escorted by Emily Delaney

Edgar Molina escorted by Tatum Brennan

Soren Onderdonk escorted by Elizabeth Creamer

Jason Tobe escorted by Ella Pickard

Carter Wingrove escorted by Lindsay Hall

Junior Contestants:

Jackson Lynn escorted by Mellany Garcia

Braxton Miller escorted by Mya Hembree

Blake Phillips escorted by Emma Bryson

Grant Putnam escorted by Riley Frazier

Cameron Steeves escorted by Taylor Mickey

Rourke Sullivan escorted by Sofia Rodriguez

Trey Whitaker escorted by Perci Moore

Sophomore Contestants:

Drew Chavez escorted by Lexy Mannon

Jake DeBiase escorted by Kaia Filipovic

Roscoe Greene escorted by Aubrey Garrett

Jack Klein escorted by Ariel Nolan

Neil Robinson escorted by Nyla Carroll

Tyson Sem escorted by Shyann Payne

Freshmen Contestants:

Brady Merrill escorted by Katelyn Day

The West Henderson High School DECA Chapter would like to thank the following businesses and organizations who donated financially, gave items to be included in our raffle baskets, or created raffle baskets:

1st Choice Graphics; Aloft Wireless; Appalachian Pinball Museum; Asheville Alternative Wellness Center; Atkinson Elementary School; Beverly Hanks Realty: Steve Dozier Group; Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More; Blue Ridge Real Estate; Blue Ridge Expressions; Bruce Drysdale Elementary School; Chessman Leather Co.; Clear Creek Elementary School; Colken Realty; Dr. John Strickland, DDS; East Henderson High School; Edneyville Elementary School; Elijah Gem Mine; Etowah Elementary School; Excavating Unlimited; FFA; Flat Rock Elementary School; Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School; Hamlin Creative; Henderson County Career Academy; Henderson County Early College; Hendersonville Elementary School; Hendersonville High School; Hendersonville Middle School; Hendersonville YMCA; Hillandale Elementary School; Homestead; Hunter Nissan; Kilwins; Mills River Ace Hardware; North Henderson High School; OP Taylors; Postero; Razberry Threads; Rugby Middle School; Salon Studio 25; Searcy Custom Homes; Sherman’s Sports & Army Store; Studio 191 Salon; Sugarloaf Elementary School; Tempo Music; Upward Elementary School; West Henderson High School; Wild Ginger; Zen Hen.

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