Miss and Mr. PHS 2013 crowned at high school pageant
New Pasco High School royalty was crowned Saturday at the Miss and Mr. PHS 2013 Pageant held in the Dr. Donald McBath Activity Center. Senior Emily Richter won Senior Miss PHS 2013, Sophomore Kristen Valle was crowned Miss PHS 2013 and Junior Tristan Taylor was awarded Mr. PHS 2013 and will reign for the next year representing the high school. Two girls are chosen each year, one from the general population of the school and one strictly from the senior class. First runner-up and winner of the talent competition was junior Katie Ruffell. Second runner-up and winner of the Pirate Heart of Gold -- the high school’s answer to Miss Congeniality - was junior Katie Sutton. Third runner-up was Katharine Krueger, also a junior, and sophomore India Alfonso was the Academic Award Winner. Sophomore Mitch McCurnin was the first runner-up in the Mr. PHS portion of the pageant.The mistresses of ceremonies for the pageant were last year’s winners Senior Miss PHS 2012 Madeline Kender and Miss PHS 2012 Katy Sartain. Pasco High School math teacher and pageant organizer Missy McCurnin has been involved with organizing the pageant since it was restarted in 2004. The pageant is a fundraiser for the math department. "We're showcasing the dynamics of our school," McCurnin said. "It's about the kids and it's about what they do here on the campus. You're seeing everything the school has to offer.” This year, there were two foreign exchange students in the competition, Riko Maenaka a junior from Japan and Keythellyn Alves a sophomore from Brazil. Each portion of the pageant is meant to be educational for the students who enter, McCurnin said. “The pre-interview is designed to teach the girls how to conduct themselves during a job interview. Casual wear and evening gown portions are meant to reflect wardrobe choices they would make to be representatives of the school. Onstage questions — one about them and one about the school — gives them an opportunity to participate in public speaking. Optional academic and talent competitions give them a chance to show their talents and abilities. The girl who is crowned is in charge of the next year's pageant. They get appreciation about timelines and deadlines." The Mr. PHS title is a challenge to the students involved as well, although their part on stage is more for comedy relief than genuine pageantry. Their antics bring smiles to the crowd awaiting the girls’ results. Mr. PHS is chosen based on which student raises the most funds for the project. Each raised an average of $400. McCurnin’s son, Mitch who came in as first runner-up raised money by performing outside Beef O’Brady’s for three nights and by having a “Guess the Number of Skittles in a Jar,” contest. Freshman Billy Wilson raised cash by solving the Rubic’s Cube in under a minute for donations.