By Elizabeth Clavin
Mr. Puma is a male pageant that is annually held on campus in March with the sole purpose being to exhibit the passions and talents of the senior class boys. The winner is chosen based on their ability to represent the school with integrity and morality, along with putting on the best show. This is a great opportunity for them to have a fun rest of their senior year, regardless if they win or not.
The line up consists of fifteen boys: Seniors Elias Enguancho, Justin Delara, Brandon Sandefer, Lucas Tomkins, Sergio Munoz, Matthew Ochoa, Gavin Powell, Stone Pellerin, Zack Elkhayat, Ismael Vizcarra, Josiah Davis, Miguel Cruz, Jerrico Boadilla, Diego Cruz, and Phoenix Gutierrez. Each contestant was required to submit a video of their talent and showcase why they should be the winner of Mr. Puma. The videos were approximately four minutes long. For example, Senior Ismael Vizcarra, a runner up, stated “I had to submit a video of my talent and why I should be Mr. Puma, it was fun and easy. It was about four minutes long and I chose to sing “[Yo] (Excuse Me Miss)” by Chris Brown, I even had a backup dancer and it was a great time.” Furthermore, the show consists of fifteen different talent shows due to their being fifteen different boys. It begins with a 1970s group dance, and then after their introductions, they will be introduced with their runway and walk in their formal wear. In addition, the contestants put on their talent shows, which last about four minutes each. Also, there are four different group dances cut in between their talent acts. Lastly, the show ends with a exciting trivia game which leads to crowning the winner at the very end. All in all, it involves quality time with friends, good music, and an entertaining show.
Each runner up has expressed their fondness and excitement for this event. Senior Josiah Davis, a runner up for Mr. Puma, stated “I am most excited for the group dance because you get to bond with all the other guys and basically become best friends with everyone that is competing for the title, and the choreographers as well. Overall, I am most excited for the performance and the whole show. In life you just have to put yourself out there, and this a great opportunity to do that.” In fact, this is a good opportunity for them to show not only their talents, but also their sense of humor. In addition, each contestant has chosen to run for various reasons. For instance, some have wanted to since the first Mr. Puma, or some were talked into it by their peers. Another case is Senior Miguel Cruz, also a runner up, who stated “I personally never planned or even thought of running for Mr. Puma just because it isn't really something I ever saw myself doing. However, I just really wanted to hang out and have fun with friends that were planning to run for it, and with the other boys that I have never even known before starting this.” All in all, all those who are participating and watching the show are eager to see how it will go, along with being excited.
To conclude, Mr. Puma will be held on Friday, March 8 in the gym from 6PM to 8PM. The boys are anxious to put on a show for all the viewers and they are thrilled for the crowning of the winner. This is an enjoyable opportunity for a fun night with friends, family, music, and great performances which will determine who represents the school the best. Students will not want to miss it and ticket sales will be soon/