John Cipiti crowned at second annual pageant
The manliest pageant in Central New York blasted on to the Cazenovia High School auditorium stage Friday April 9. For its second year, the annual Mr. Cazenovia pageant was orchestrated to raise money for the junior high school class, as last year's competition was fundraised for the seniors. Because of its success, the proceeds from each upcoming pageant will be presented to a new class each year.
Christina New and her fashion marketing class organized the event for the second consecutive year, with the female students acting as escorts to the contestants, while Student Council President, Sam Whitaker provided the hosting and witty banter of the night. Whitaker set up the evening's proceedings by introducing the judges selected to critique the contestants. He began with last year's winner, sophomore, Christian Garber. Next, the four male teachers chosen to judge the event were introduced: Adam Reynolds, Kris Denton, William Paben and Kyle Martin.
After discussion and mild derision between the judges and the host, it was time to begin the competition with each contestant walking down the runway as Whitaker introduced them.
Out of the curtain came the sole freshman, Jake Wilson, sophomores, Gus Whitaker, James Duffy, Nick Christakos and Kurt Glathar, junior Corey Anderson and seniors, Ben Olmstead, Jake Adolfi, Clancy Kemp, Cody Foster, Fritz Koennecke, Doug Thoma and Jon Cipiti.
After a brief interview with the judges, it came time for a surprising performance of the men dancing to Beyonce's cultural smash hit, "Single Ladies." After the song ended, the crowd erupted into exclaims of enjoyment.
Next, came eveningwear. Never had anyone who hadn't experienced the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s seen such a shocking display of fur coats, ripped jeans, ties, top hats, sleeveless shirts, electric green pants and enough pastel colored blazers to clothe Liberachi for a decade. Eager to join in with all the fun, judge Paben decided to perform an impromptu dance to Lady GaGa's "Poker Face" which evoked a surprised cheer from the crowd.