Thursday, March 29, 2012

NPHS’ leading men square off to see who’s the ‘studliest’

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PICK ME—Nick Lovullo, left, and Franklin Yang are among nine male students at Newbury Park High School competing in the school’s first “Stud Pageant,” an event sponsored by the NPHS Key Club. PICK ME—Nick Lovullo, left, and Franklin Yang are among nine male students at Newbury Park High School competing in the school’s first “Stud Pageant,” an event sponsored by the NPHS Key Club.
By Dashiell Young-Saver
At Newbury Park High School, pageants aren’t just for beauty queens anymore.

On Saturday, nine male NPHS students will compete for the title “Stud of the School” at the school’s premiere Stud Pageant.
The NPHS Key Club and Invisible Children Club are hosting the event to raise money for the Eliminate Project, a movement sponsored by UNICEF and Kiwanis International (of which Key Club is a part) to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

The disease claims the lives of 60,000 babies and a significant number of women every year, primarily in remote povertystricken areas of central Africa and southern Asia, according to the project’s website.
“(The pageant) is a different idea, and we saw how successful it was at Simi Valley High School,” said Megan Clure, 18, Key Club president and event organizer.
The SVHS Key Club hosted a similar event on March 15 that generated a large amount of support for the contestants and the Eliminate Project.
“It’s a great way to have fun and make a lot of profit for the cause,” Megan said.
The senior predicted that at least 100 students and adults would attend the event in the school’s auditorium. If they sell all 385 tickets, up to $2,000 will be raised for the charity, she said.
During the event, the studsin question will be judged by the audience on three criteria: talent, summer wear and formal wear. In addition, each candidate will talk about the goal of the fundraiser.
By texting their choice, attendees will vote on which contestant they think is the “studliest.” And before the pageant, fans can vote on which young man is most photogenic by “liking” their pictures on the event’s “Mr. Photogenic” Facebook page. Miles Glick, a 17-year-old senior, was in the lead at press time.
“I’m not taking it too seriously. It’s all about having fun,” Miles said.
For his talent, Miles will perform magic tricks. He isn’t nervous about his act, saying it’s meant to be more humorous than magical.
“For me, humor is a big part of the show. It’s not a matter of looks or raw talent but having a playful personality and being outgoing,” Glick said.
Also competing in the contest are Franklin Yang, Jahaan Ansari, Jack Ireland, Trevor Lecka, Johnny Knowd, Nick Lovullo, Jake Larson and Sanjay Siddhanti.
Most of the contestants are not in Key Club, but all volunteered to participate in the event.
The winner of the pageant will receive a crown, a sash and the honor of being “Stud of the School.”
No matter who comes out on top by the end of the evening, the ultimate victor, according to Megan, will be the Eliminate Project.
“The main point is to raise money and also to raise awareness for the cause,” she said.
The March 31 event will start at 7 p.m. and end around 9.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

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