On Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. the weather outside may have been gray and chilly, but inside, Spratt 101 was being transformed into a tropical luau as Alpha Gamma Delta presented its 20th annual Mr. MWSU male beauty pageant. Each year, contestants compete for the honorary title by strutting their stuff in five different categories. This years categories included: lip sync, talent, outfit of choice, formal wear and trivia. A separate recognition, Mr. Money Bags, was given to the contestant who helped raise the most money prior to event night.
Six contestants were nominated by various organizations on campus. Participants included Alex Richardson, Dylan Blackwell, Gage Gossett, Landon Houghton, Tyler Burrus and Zach Hill. Information about each contestant was given in a pamphlet for students to read before the contestant took the stage.
While all eyes were on contestants’ outfits during the event, the ladies of Alpha Gamma Delta and the event judges were dressed up in tropical outfits for the occasion. Dakota Jones is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and attended the event the previous year. Having seen the pageant before, she already had some expectations about how the night would unfold.
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s talents and their lip syncs. The lip syncs are always hilarious because they dress up in character for the song,” Jones said.
The winner of the event was Alex Richardson. Richardson is on the Western cheer team and was sponsored by Alpha Sigma Alpha. Richardson enjoyed the entire show, but noted that the lip sync was definitely his favorite part.
“I almost drowned, “ Richardson said. “At one point in the show I was on the ground and I poured water across my body and it shot up my nose.” Richardson also won a trophy for Best Lip Sync with his rendition of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Best Talent for doing the splits.
The Mr. MWSU pageant had a $5 cover, with proceeds going to support Alpha Gamma Delta philanthropies. President of Alpha Gamma Delta Kalynn Copenharve oversaw the entire event process from beginning to end.
“All of the money that we make for this event goes to Alpha Gamma Delta foundation and our philanthropic focus is fighting hunger,” Copemharve said.
Money from the event will be distributed between the non-profit organizations “Meals on Wheels” and “Feeding America”.