The 14th annual Jr. Mister is set for Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 pm.
This year’s event, hosted by the Marion County High School Beta club, features 13 MCHS male students performing fitness, talent, and poise routines modeled after the Distinguished Young Women program.
Proceeds from this year’s Jr. Mister will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Jude Hospital, two organizations which have benefited MCPS students.
“I’m very excited that we’re raising money for two charities,” event organizer Laurie Followell said. “And we’re doing it in a way that’s going to be fun and entertaining. And I’m excited for everyone to see what we’ve been working on since January.”
This year’s theme is Road Trip, with the participants divided into two groups: The Griswolds and The Wild Hogs.
For the defending Jr. Mister champion, MCHS senior Noah Abell, the event is a great way to raise money for good causes and also have fun.
“It’s a good program because it gives back to charity while also letting high school kids go and have a good time,” Abell said.
The participants work with student choreographers, who design the dance routines.
“My personal favorite thing about it is the intro to it -- we start off strong,” MCHS junior Jake Reed said. “It’s going to be real good -- I love it.”
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased during lunch at MCHS starting on Wednesday, March 20 or at the door the night of the event.
As usual, the events emcee is Charles Lancaster, Jr. The judges for this year’s Jr. Mister are MCHS Social Studies teacher Kendra Heyman, Family Resource and Youth Service Center Director Erin Summers, and community member Stacey Garrett.