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Now that's TALENT!


groupphoto4 8 15Photo by Jodi Ocker -- The winner of the Mr. Middletown pageant, Nathan Ocker (wearing the crown) and fellow contestants and contest organizers raised $5,742.29 for children battling cancer.


If you want to win a pageant, you’d better have talent.


And contestants competing for the title of  Middletown Area High School’s Mr. Middletown and Lower Dauphin High School’s Mr. Mini-THON certainly - well, we’ll let you decide.


Bet you’ve never seen a Miss America ride a Pogo Stick on the Atlantic City stage. Or perform the Vote for Pedro dance from the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.’’ Or perform a card trick.


Well, “art’’ is subjective, isn’t it?


Fortunately, the winners of the pageant were determined by the amount of money they raised for the Four Diamonds Fund, a fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to help kids battling cancer and their families.


Nathan Ocker was crowned Mr. Middletown for raising $1,486.12, while Tommy Bowen was crowned Mr. Mini-THON for raising $2,765.95. The two pageants combined raised more than $12,800.