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Mr. Redwing 2017

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The competition began with the talent portion. Nate Smilak played the piano as he sang along to “You Are My Sunshine”, and it was a huge crowd pleaser. Michael Mangan rapped the alphabet rap. The audience was left with their mouths wide open, Mangan’s rap was very impressive. Danny Strebar was accompanied by some friends to help him dance along to “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. Their moves were quite original, and they had the entire audience smiling. Next up, Alec McEachern showed off his skills in creating balloon animals. Even though one of the balloons popped halfway through the figure, Alec made up for it right away and showed the audience that he truly had a skill. Michael O’Grady stepped up to the stage wearing a “Vote for Pedro” t-shirt, the crowd was instantly hooked. He blew the audience away with an amazing impersonation of Napoleon Dynamite. Last but not least, Chris Newman showed the audience that “scooter is life.” He scootered through the stage as he performed some pretty dangerous stunts.

Up next was the beachwear portion of the night. After the contestants came on stage in their beachwear, they were all asked the same three questions: “Describe your perfect first date?” “Which two celebrities would you pick to be your parents?” and “What Benet teacher would you like to be?”. All the contestants answered flawlessly.

During the intermission, Sister Mary, Sacred Heart Prioress, gave a speech to thank all of the Benet students for their generous donations. All proceeds from this night will be benefiting Day Break of Lisle.

Then came awards, the moment everyone was waiting for. The awards were as follows:

Audience’s choice: Michael O’Grady
Man’s Man (chosen by the contestants themselves): Michael Mangan
Mr. Redwing: Danny Strebar

Congratulations to Danny Strebar and to all of the contestants! The 2017 Mr. Redwing Competition will always be remembered.

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