By Jim Lambert
The most highly anticipated and eagerly awaited day of the school year will be capped off on Tuesday night by the always entertaining Mr. UC Pageant.
In its 13th year, the Mr. UC Pageant, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the UC auditorium, will feature 11 Union Catholic senior boys competing for the prestigious honor of being named Mr. UC.
Mr. UC is hosted by UC’s Mr. David Luciano, is under the direction of moderators Ms. Ashley Whittemore and Mrs. Melissa Yezo, and the music will be provided by D.J. Brandon Villani, a 2013 UC graduate. The admission cost is $10.
People are also encouraged to drop off canned food items at the Mr. UC Paegant as part of the Kans 4 Kids Civic Engagement Campaign, which is being run by the Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program (UC STEP) and the Community FoodBank of N.J.
The Mr. UC Pageant will put the finishing touches on a fun-filled and energetic day at UC. Tuesday is Spirit Day at UC, and there will be a Mini Relay For Life and a Pep Rally during the school day, and then the Quarters For Cancer Dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The 11 students who will square off in the Mr. UC competition are Steven Cedeno-Mr. Union #1, Sean Dorecellus-Mr. Woodbridge, Conor Johnston-Mr. Union #2, Andrew Kalebota-Mr. South Orange, Billy McGloin-Mr. Scotch Plains #1-Steven Pego, Mr. Newark., Ryan Reilly-Mr. Scotch Plains #2, Zack Sluka-Mr. Garwood, Dylan Teixeira-Mr. Union 3, Sean Valli-Mr. Scotch Plains #3, and Ben Weaver-Mr. Carteret.
The event will begin with a welcoming and an opening dance number where all 11 contestants will participate in a routine choreographed by UC students Pauline Paviera, Chloe Ramirez, Amanda Gaus, and Hannah Flordeliza.
Contestants will take part in a variety of categories starting with the display of a talent
that showcases their originality. Then after modeling tuxedos in the formal wear portion of the event, seven contestants will be eliminated.
The final four remaining contestants will then participate in a trivia competition to see who is more knowledgeable on the facts and history of Union Catholic. After the trivia round, two more contestants will be eliminated.
Then is all comes down to a question and answer competition where the final two contestants will express their opinions regarding a randomly chosen topic. After the completion of the Q and A competition, the audience will then cast their ballots for using colored tags stapled in their programs.
The winner will receive the coveted Mr. UC sash, a Viking helmet and sword, and an Under Armour prize pack.
According to Ms. Whittemore, the Mr. UC competition is open only to senior males, and contestants were chosen after filling out an application with 100 words on why you feel you are the best person to be the next Mr. UC, and they also needed to make good attendance and discipline records.
“They have been practicing everyday before school at 7:30 in the morning since Jan. 11,’’ said Ms. Whittemore. “I think it’s going to be a great show. I can’t wait to see it all come together.’’
Dorecellus said he and the rest of the guys have been working hard and are ready to make this the best Mr. UC Pageant ever.
“The whole group has been very committed, coming in early everyday and making a lot of sacrifices and working with the choreographer’’ said Dorecellus. “Rumor is that it will be the best one ever. I think a lot of the talents will be great.’’
Dorcellus also said that Tuesday is the best day of the school year here at UC.
‘‘With the Pep Rally, the Mini Relay for Life, the Quarters for Cancer, and Mr. UC, it’s the most exciting day of the school year,’’ he said. “I’m really looking forward to it.’’
Sluka said to beware of the upset.
“This is a game of upsets,’’ said Sluka. “Everyone is in it to win it. It’s like March Madness, expect that 16th seed to pull off that upset. There are people sleeping on me, but I’m going to come up strong.‘