The 16th annual Mr. Urbana competition enjoyed a sellout crowd on Dec. 6 at Urbana High School.
Mr. Urbana is a popular male pageant meant for laughs and to raise money for a great cause—the Rock Creek School, which provides individualized special education programs to students ages 3 to 21. In 16 years, Mr. Urbana has raised more than $100,000 for Rock Creek School.
This year alone, Mr. Urbana raised $15,604.49, the highest amount ever.
During the month leading up to the competition, 12 contestants from the senior class—each representing one of the 12 months of the year—carried around a money box in an attempt to win the fundraising category. Funds from ticket purchases are also donated to Rock Creek School.
Contestants are judged in two categories prior to competition night. In addition to the fundraising category, contestants compete during spirit week. Each contestant wears a creative costume for every school day in the week prior to the Mr. Urbana competition. This year, the spirit days were favorite movie character, favorite inanimate object, around the world and Urbana Hawks spirit wear.
The competition night consisted of four categories: seasonal wear (contestants dress creatively to represent their month), the talent competition, formal wear (contestants dress formally and appear with their chosen escort, who also gives a speech
on their behalf), and the question-and-answer session.
When asked what makes the class of 2019 unique during his Q&A session, Jonathan Mason/Mr. January said, “I think the friendships that we all have. … We’re all pretty close.”
Contestants said they had a great time for a great cause. Tommy Truitt/Mr. November had some advice for next year’s contestants.
“Make sure you stay on top of everything and that you plan everything out and you get those fundraisers started early because in the end, the goal is to raise money for the Rock Creek School. The longer you have your fundraisers open, the more money you’ll be able to get because more people will donate to you.”
The four judges—Urbana High School teachers Terre Planz, Ann Beachley, Julie Snyder and Donna Hashemzadeh—were faced with the difficult task of deciding on three winners. The third-place winner was Randy Jones/Mr. December, who received $25. The second-place winner, who will take the place of Mr. Urbana should he not be able to uphold his duties, went to Lucas Roberton/Mr. April, who received $50. The winner of $100 and the 2018 Mr. Urbana crown, presented by Miss Maryland, Adrianna David, was Ferris McIlmail/Mr. August. “I don’t really know what to say, this is a big surprise. It’s an honor to receive this award and it went to a great cause and I’m just really proud to share this moment with all these contestants. Thank you so much,” said McIlmail upon receiving the crown.