Mr. WHS will have to wait to crown winner

Eight Watertown High students lined up for annual Pride Committee fund-raiser

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Photos of contestants in this year’s edition of Mr. WHS line the windows of the Watertown High School cafeteria.

Jamie Fernandez Sanchez, Raider Times staff

Mr. WHS is a yearly competition between the boys at Watertown High School. As some describe it, it is a mix of a mock beauty pageant and “The Bachelor” for the boys. It was started 21 years ago and is a fund-raiser for the Pride Committee, which puts the money toward scholarships given out on Senior Awards Night.

Mr. WHS was supposed to be happening on Thursday, March 12, in the Shaw Auditorium, but it has been delayed because of coronavirus concerns. 

Photos of contestants in this year’s edition of Mr. WHS line the windows of the Watertown High School cafeteria.

This year’s Mr. WHS contestants are Jonathan Lucas (12th grade), Hassan Houjazy (12th), Raymond Whitney (12th), Jason Santos (12th), Suren Mkrtchyan (11th), Jack Bunnell (11th), Jeremy Herrera (11th), and Malcolm MacDonald (10th).

The hosts are math teacher Mike Spillane and WHS senior Caileigh Sullivan. The judges are all WHS staff members: Matthew Rose, Hillary Glencross, Deborah Johnson, William MacLaughlin, and Todd Robbins.

In this year’s Mr. WHS, there will be five events: formal wear, casual wear, talent, a Q&A interview, and a rose ceremony.

Tickets will still be $7 in advance and $10 at the door. 

Hassan Houjazy said that he chose to do Mr. WHS because it looked like fun. He said he plans on having some sort of comedy in his act.

Hassan thinks he has an easy chance of winning as the competition doesn’t look like it is tough. He also says he will be the only funny one there and that he should win because he’s a senior and seniors need to go out with a bang.

Photos of contestants in this year’s edition of Mr. WHS line the windows of the Watertown High School cafeteria.

Jonathan Lucas is also a senior. He said that he didn’t choose Mr. WHS, Mr. WHS chose him. 

Jonathan said he should win because he’s quite frankly the alpha of Mr. WHS and that he is going to showcase his boldness and steal the show with his smoothness. 

All judges seem very excited. As someone who has been a judge before, Mr. Rose said, “Its an honor for the students to ask to be a judge, so I do not want to turn it down.”

He also said, “I have been a judge before, though not for a couple of years. It is always an experience, and, yes, I do enjoy it, but there is so much pressure to be a fair judge.”

Brian Brewer, who has judged Mr. WHS before, had a similar opinion. He said judging is interesting because what is one really judging? It’s difficult for him because one kid can come out and play an instrument and someone else can come and do something funny so it’s difficult to judge them equally.

Mr. Robbins, Ms. Glencross, and Ms. Johnson who have never judged before are all very excited!

Photos of contestants in this year’s edition of Mr. WHS line the windows of the Watertown High School cafeteria.

–March 12, 2020–