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'Men in Black' compete for Mr. DHS

A dozen brave Douglas seniors are stepping outside their comfort zones and competing for the title of Mr. DHS.

The seventh annual competition is 6 p.m. Friday in the Douglas High commons. All proceeds go toward Safe and Sober Grad Night.

“They’re an energetic group to say the least, but they’re also super fun,” said Karen Lamb, activities director. “They seem really excited to do it.”

The seniors will compete in a talent, swimsuit/pick up line, and formal wear/on-stage question.

The eight judges will decide Mr. DHS, while Mr. Congeniality is chosen by his fellow contestants.

Jaden Mustacchio, 18, said he has always tried to be involved in every big event he could.

“It’s my senior year, and I really want to put myself out there,” he said. “I’m nervous a little bit, but I’m just really excited. I think I’ll do well. Being up on stage with all my friends dancing will be my favorite part.”

Mustacchio has chosen to play the piano and sing for his talent.

The 5-minute opening dance number was choreographed by the Douglas leadership students and mirrors Will Smith’s video of “Men in Black,” which is also the theme for this year’s Mr. DHS.

Alexis Palma, 17, said he wanted to end his senior year with a blast.

“You gotta do something to end it big and go out with a bang,” he said. “It’s a good way to end the year, and have fun with it.”

He has chosen to perform an on-stage music video to “I’m in the Country,” by Tracy Byrd.

“It’s rather interactive to say the least,” he added. “It won’t be boring.”

Alexis also previewed his pick up line, “If you were a robot, you’d be a hot-o-bot and your name would be Optimus Fine.”

After watching last year’s Mr. DHS, 17-year-old Connor Holman decided he would give it a try.

Connor is still deciding if he will play the piano and sing “Faithfully” by Journey, or do a dramatic reading of the children’s book “Good Night Moon” for his talent.

“I’m not sure which one I’ll do yet, but I’m leaning toward the piano because that’s more who I am,” he said. “I’m a pretty outgoing guy so I don’t mind embarrassing myself. I encourage all members of the community to come out to it.”

The 2013 Safe and Sober Grad Night is May 30 at Ferris Recreational Park in Minden.

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