The night began with an introduction of the emcees: Carmen Carballo and Katherine Bartels, and the judges, Ms. Unertl, Mr. Thurin, and Mrs. Bartels.
Mr. FHS was organized by Seniors Elizabeth Herrick and Elyssa DuKatz, and members of FHS’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization. They came up with the idea mere weeks before the production was put on, and they worked hard to make it the organized, professional show which it was.
The object of the night was to raise money for the Saber Stadium Project, which will support many of the school’s sports teams, such as soccer, football, lacrosse, and track. In order to begin construction, one million dollars are needed, however at the moment about $800,000 is in their possession.
Fourteen FHS students, ranging from Freshman to Seniors, participated in the evening, all of which are involved in at least one of the sports that will benefit from the Saber Stadium Project. The method of voting for the fan favorite in the competition was explained; students would put monetary donations in boxes for each contestant, and whichever young man raised the most money would be the winner.
Then, the contestants were viewed for the first time in their opening dance number. To say the least, it was very interesting. The gentlemen did a variety of dance moves, including the ever-popular twerking, to a mix of fast-paced music. This performance set the light, jovial mood for the night, as the audience was unsure of what to expect prior to the “fine young men” emerging on stage. After those three minutes of laughter, the stage was cleared and the next category was announced.
Now, each contestant would come out on stage in an outfit which personified their ordinary style the best, and they were introduced with highly serious trivia about themselves, including their biggest fear, favorite movie, their favorite athlete, and other unknown facts about them. To the tune of “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga, the boys each strutted out to center stage when they were announced, struck a few catwalk poses and then exited to the other side. Some of the most memorable facts were a favorite movie being “The Cheetah Girls,” their biggest fears being a zombie apocalypse, Mr. Johnson, and their own basement, and their favorite athletes being Ryan Coenan, August Beck, and Clay Matthews.
The next category, with a sort of nervous anticipation in the air, was the swimwear segment. The audience was really unsure what to expect, especially given the mood of the first two parts. Sporting swim trunks and a wide assortment of “bro tanks” and t-shirts, as well as goggles and flotation devices, the guys walked across the stage once more. Socks and sandals were also a popular style during this category.
Next, the talent segment began. The acts ranged from undeniably interesting dance routines to pogoing, and even lifting weights while reading poetry. There was a yo-yo act, comedy, and cup stacking, among a plethora of other acts. The audience was laughing the entire time, and the talent segment was undeniably entertaining.
The formal wear and question and answer section was organized with all of the contestants standing in a line on stage, wearing button down shirts and ties, and even a few hats and bowties and suspenders appeared. A variety of questions were asked, one being posed to each guy. The questions included:
- If you could, which celebrity would you invite to a dinner party and why? – Ms. Unertl
- If you could be on the cover of a magazine, which one would you choose? – Good Housekeeping, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition
- Why do you want a stadium at Franklin High School? – To facilitate world peace, the teams deserve a good field
- What do you think the greatest challenge is for young people today? – Education, Lowering literacy rates
- What is the greatest benefit that you have gotten from Saber Athletics? – Toning of glutes
- If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be? – Miley Cyrus and her twerking obsession, animal abuse
After a long intermission and much suspense, Noah was given the Judge’s Award, and the fan favorite was Sam. As well as being a night of unique and quality entertainment, $1971.19 was raised to assist with the Saber Stadium Project.