We’re All Mr. West J

Front L to R: Ray Kemp, Brody Hall, Blake Markuson, Hudson Roberts, Andrew Ryan, Zavier Blevins, Thomas “Jake” Flynn Back L to R: Albert “Whittee” Boswell, Remy Merkousko, Solomon Mitchell, Aaron Nieshaw, Nicholas “Nick” Moston, Justin Wood, Jon “Wyatt” Ford

The sixteenth of February marked the start of a new generation of representation as senior Hudson “Mr. Tuba” Roberts was crowned Mr. West Johnston after a night of competition among 13 of his peers.

Though ecstatic in his triumph, Roberts sees the victory not as his own, but as one shared between all participants in the pageant.

“It didn’t really matter who won in the end,” Roberts said. “We were all winners.”

Preparing each pageant is an interminable process, laden with preparation. From ordering the materials to scheduling and creating each of the videos, Teacher and pageant organizer Amanda Fisher is constantly at work, and likes to be ready ahead of time.

“I usually start thinking about a theme or what I want to do next year right after the pageant,” Fisher said.

Many of the candidates, such as senior Nicholas “Mr. President” Moston, representative of the Student Government Association, have busy schedules. As such, getting practices to match everyone’s schedule was rare and an arduous task, but the boys did not let that stop them.

“The practices were chaotic and we never were able to get much accomplished,” Moston said, “but the night before practice we made sure we knew it all.”

Junior Justin “Mr. Camo” Wood, representing the Future Farmers of America, in addition to winning Most Photogenic and Top 5, won screams abound in his victory act for Best Legs. In an audacious move, Wood  brazenly unbuttoned his pants on stage and let them fall.

“The trick was very spontaneous,” admitted Wood. “I realized I had like 30 seconds until I walked.”

Fisher is accustomed to coaching girls, so having to maintain control 14 boys can prove quite the challenge. Nevertheless, she enjoys it.

“At times it is trying to get the boys to stop chatting,” Fisher Said, “but even though they get on my nerves a bit, they make m

L to R: Jalin Graham (Mr. West J 2017), Hudson Roberts (Mr. West J 2018), Andrew Ryan

e laugh out loud so much.”

As the representative of Band, Roberts may have joined to compete, but his hopes for the pageant were much deeper.

“My original goal was to just have a great time with everybody and give the audience a great show,” Roberts said. “Winning was just a bonus.”