Students prepare for 'Mr. Lewisburg' competition

Contestants in Saturday night’s “Mr. Lewisburg” competition — a boys beauty pageant with a comedic tilt — rehearse a move from a dance routine. Riley Shaw, not pictured, lies on his classmates’ backs as Matheu Davenport pretends to use Shaw as a surfboard. On the floor, from left, are Marcos Colon, Adam Cole, Troy Irvin Bittner, Davis Baylor, Hobie Beauseigneur, Peter Challman and Colin Riley.

LEWISBURG — Ten Lewisburg Area high-schoolers vie for the title “Mr. Lewisburg” in a Saturday night fundraiser for the school’s Four Diamonds Mini-THON.

“Mr. Lewisburg” is a comedic take on a beauty pageant for males. The contestants show off a hidden talent. Five finalists move on to the interview round. There’s even a choreographed dance routine.

“I laughed until my face and stomach hurt,” Claire Bertinet, family consumer science teacher, said of last year’s inaugural event.

“Mr. Lewisburg” raised more than $4,000 in 2016.

The 2017 version begins at 7 p.m. at the Lewisburg High School auditorium, 545 Newman Road. Admission to the show is $5. There are raffle baskets, concession sales and a Mr. Congeniality contest.

All proceeds go towards Mini-THON — a sister event of Penn State’s hugely successful THON fundraiser that benefits Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.

Lewisburg’s Mini-THON raised more than $40,000 for the Four Diamonds fund in 2016 and 2017.

Contestants rehearsed Thursday morning in Bertinet’s classroom. They were tight-lipped about disclosing what talents, exactly, they’ll put on display Saturday night.

“Mine involves poetry,” said Adam Cole, a senior.

“Something like that,” Bertinet cracked.

“I will be doing a cooking demonstration,” said senior Riley Shaw.

“Mine will have sardines in it,” said senior Troy Irvin Bittner.

Sardines?

“Live and dead,” he said.

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