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Two pageants that were indeed a thing of beauty

They are high school spoofs on beauty pageants that are meant to be fun, and raise money for a good cause: helping children battling cancer, and their families.


The Mr. Middletown pageant at Middletown Area High School and the Mr. Mini-THON pageant at Lower Dauphin High School pitted male students in talent and swimsuit competitions that were actually meaningless – the contestant who raised the most money was crowned the winner.


Combined, the two pageants raised more than $12,000 for the Four Diamonds Fund, and will be part of the total that each school’s Mini-THON Committee raises in their annual 12-hour dance and games extravaganza.


Lower Dauphin’s Mini-THON, held last month at the school, raised a school record $82,630.95  Middletown’s Mini-THON is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 24 – and don’t be surprised if another school record falls. The Mr. Middletown pageant, held in late March, already has raised $5,742 toward the school’s total.


Lower Dauphin’s winner, Tommy Bowen, raised an amazing $2,765.95 to win the crown, though his talent – he performed the Vote for Pedro dance from the cult film, “Napoleon Dynamite,’’ was an impressive homage.


At Middletown, Nathan Ocker won the crown, raising $1,486.12 and performing a rap song for good measure. The talent competition could be called “fierce’’ – one contestant sang a Katy Perry song, another jumped on a Pogo stick, a third played the cowbell, a fourth jumped rope and a fifth staged a cooking demonstration. You can catch photos of some of them on A1 of this edition.


The real winners were the kids and families helped by Four Diamonds and the generosity of local students and those who donated to them.


Congratulations to Ocker and his court – Nick Myers (first runner-up), Jordan Handley (third place), Brett Altland, Will Botterbusch, Zac Gates, Scott Shaffer and Zack Sims for their efforts, and to the Mini-THON Committee at both Middletown and Lower Dauphin, for its good works and compassion – and for proving our faith in the younger generation is not misplaced.