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MR. BHHS

Kari Howe, left, looks on while Kelsey Barnes shows embarrassment when Blake Peters models his space suit. (Bill Schlichting/The Pilot).
Kari Howe, left, looks on while Kelsey Barnes shows embarrassment when Blake Peters models his space suit. (Bill Schlichting/The Pilot).

By Bill Schlichting

Pilot staff writer

Brookings-Harbor High School senior Blake Peters stole the show at the 12th annual Mr. BHHS Pageant, and he walked away with his second crown within a week.

Peters – who was crowned prom king Saturday – was crowned at Thursday night's pageant by Azalea Festival Queen Rebecca Brickley. The Mr. BHHS Pageant, which is an all-male spoof of the Azalea Pageant, is a fundraiser for Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

The event at Redwood Theater raised $1,660, of which $440 was raised during a Dash for Cash contest. Contestants dashed through the audience in an attempt to collect as much money as possible. Peters gathered the most cash. It was no doubt Peters' lucky night as he was also awarded Mr. Congeniality.

Winning second-place in the pageant was Chris Neighbor. Third place was a tie between Nathan Dodgen, last year's Mr. BHHS, and Matt Miller.

Also competing were Eli Bruce, Jose Munoz and Steven Dornbusch.

Judges Pat Silveria, Alan Nidiffer, Virginia Riddle, Steve Poponi, Cynthia Patterson and Emmalie Lee judged the contestants on evening wear, first-date wear, space wear, a question and talent.

Evening wear was extremely casual, ranging from pajamas to robes. The contestants donned first-date attire that would probably make a girl run for the ladies room. Space wear ranged from Buzz Lightyear to shorts and a T-shirt with a cardboard "MySpace.com" sign.

Each contestant presented some kind of humorous talent ranging from Matt Miller juggling knives to Peters telling humorous poetry filled with "bleeps."

In addition to the contestants running amuck on the stage, entertainment was provided by students Alex Riddle and Matt Goode. Mistresses of ceremonies were Kari Howe and Kelsey Barnes.

The event also included a raffle with prizes donated from Redwood Theater, Subway, Slugs 'N' Stones 'N' Ice Cream Cones, Spotlight Video, Boogie Board Bagels and Blockbuster.

Nearly 400 schools throughout Oregon host fundraisers for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Such fundraisers were shown during a video presentation at Thursday's event, including the different serv ices provided by the hospital.

Mr. BHHS is among the biggest of several fundraisers for the hospital presented by Brookings-Harbor High School during the school year.

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