It was standing room only in the Douglas commons Friday night as 475 spectators watched Alex Appel crowned Mr. DHS.
“‘I won, really?’ was my first thought,” Alex said. “I wasn’t expecting to win. It was a surprise. When you’re going up against 10 other people in a competition you entered not intending to win, and where what’s being judged is unknown, you’re not expecting to win.”
The 17-year-old said he entered the competition with the sole purpose of having a story to tell later on in life.
“I thought it would be something fun. What I’m going to think when I look back on Mr. DHS is I got to have fun, make a lot of friends with interesting people, and I won,” he added. “I want to say thank you to the judges who voted for me.”
For his talent, Alex sang the entire periodic table.
Mr. Congeniality winner Joe Almeida, 17, was equally surprised that his fellow competitors voted for him.
“I thought it was really cool because a lot of my best friends were up there with me, so for them to vote for me was cool,” Joe said. “We got close during practices, and became really good friends. It was a lot of fun.”
For his talent, Joe performed synchronized swimming in a kiddie pool to the song, “It’s Raining Men.”
“It was a good time. Everyone was really fun,” Joe said of the talent portion. “Some were jokes and some were serious, but they were all really cool.”
Activities Director Karen Lamb said the event raised $3,000 for safe and sober grad night.
“It was a great night,” she said. “When we can do an event that includes the kids, is entertaining, and we make money, it’s the ideal.”
To donate to the senior graduation party, call 782-5136, or send a donation to Douglas High School, Attention Keith Cole, 1670 Highway 88, Minden, NV, 89423.