Mr. DHS contestants on ‘High Alert’ |

Mr. DHS contestants on ‘High Alert’

Caryn Haller
Competing in the Mr. DHS pageant are, front l-r, Nick Abreu, Casey Shaffer and Joey Bottino. Back l-r, Jacob Werth, David Gervais, Alex Cazares, Ian Isherwood, David Sando, Adam Dack, Luke Simpson, Johnny Hoyt and Cole Pinther.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

Hoping to carry on the family legacy, Casey Shaffer will be tickling the ivories Friday in the annual Mr. DHS pageant.

A fundraiser for the seniors’ safe and sober grad night, Mr. DHS is 6 p.m. in the CVIC Hall.

Casey is performing “Whitewater Chopsticks” by Calvin Jones for his talent.

“I’m ready to go,” Casey said. “I’ve been preparing that song for three years, so it’s go time. Piano is a way for me to express myself and go with it.”

Casey said he is most nervous about the on-stage question part of the pageant.

“I’m nervous I’ll get a question and not say something funny,” he said. “Being funny is most important because it makes them laugh. If everybody has fun, you have a better chance of winning. I hope everybody who comes has a ton of fun.”

Wearing a black leotard and hot pink tights, Ian Isherwood is performing a rhythmic ribbon dance for his talent.

“I thought it would be funny, and it’s pretty hard to think of a talent,” Ian said. “I enjoy hanging out with everybody, having fun and being goofy.”

Ian said he has some tough competition, but there is a slight possibility he could take home the Mr. DHS title.

“The competition is fun, and a good way to end my senior year with a bang.”

Deciding on a talent was easy for David Gervais who has been playing the drums since he was 3 years old.

“I’ve always played on pots and pans and little toys,” he said. “I love making drum solos and performing it for people. If I win, I’ll be really happy.”

Mr. DHS consists of a 5-minute opening dance number with all contestants, a talent, best pick-up line and an on-stage question in tuxedos donated by A Gourmet Sewing Company.

The theme this year is “High Alert” to honor emergency and military personnel.

“It’s always such a great event,” DHS activities director Karen lamb said. “It kicks off our senior season where we celebrate our graduating class.”

Lamb has a goal of raising $10,000 for the May 28 safe and sober grad night at Bently Ferris Recreation Park.

To donate contact Lamb or Keith Cole at 782-5136.