Annual Event Raises $700 for CF
O’Hara, Hemphill Named Mr., Ms. Mason;
Margaret Lipman (April 7, 2005)
Seniors Chad O’Hara and Nora Hemphill were crowned Mr. and Ms. Mason for the 2004 – 2005 school year at the conclusion of last Friday’s popular annual competition. John Sullivan and Dan McDonald were the first and second runners-up in the Mr. Mason competition, respectively, as were Rachel Sweeney and Daisy Torla in the Ms. Mason competition. The heavily attended annual event, which was expanded this year to include the Ms. Mason competition, raised $707 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mr. and Ms. Mason will also serve as King and Queen of the Memorial Day Parade next month.
After a brief intermission, the five Mr. Mason finalists (Daniel Thielman, Dan McDonald, Dan Burkey, Chad O’Hara, and John Sullivan) were announced. The first-ever Ms. Mason talent competition came next. The seniors vying for the title were started off by Claudia Daisley who performed an electric guitar medley. Nora Hemphill (a.k.a. "The Amazing Nora") followed, performing several crowd-awing magic tricks. Madiha Khan was the next contestant, dancing "The West Meets East Experience." Rachel Sweeney then re-enacted the popular "Numa Numa Dance" with an enormously favorable response from the audience, who were quite familiar with the Internet craze and sang along. Daisy Torla, the last Ms. Mason contestant, sang "The Worst Pies in London." Nora, Rachel, and Daisy were the three Ms. Mason finalists.
The Mr. and Ms. Mason finals consisted of the formal wear section and a brief interview. After making their entrances in evening attire accompanied by their escorts, the contestants answered such questions as "If you could be a fruit, which fruit would you be?" (John Sullivan chose a banana) and "If you could have dinner with one famous historical figure, who would it be and why?" (Daisy Torla chose Bach.)
The final scores were tabulated while sophomore Jessica Cartwright sang an original composition. Each Mr. and Ms. Mason contestant received a gift certificate to Stacy’s Coffee Shop and each judge received a free taco from Baja Fresh. The first runners-up (John Sullivan and Rachel Sweeney) received a gift basket, also from Stacy’s. Mr. Mason winner Chad O’Hara received a $50 gift certificate for Argia’s Italian Restaurant and Ms. Mason winner Nora Hemphill received a $40 gift certificate for brunch at Ireland’s Four Provinces.
"This was, by far, the highlight of my high school career," Mr. Mason winner Chad O’Hara joked. And while that might not be quite true, the event was certainly one of the year’s most fun and memorable!
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