McBride captures Hogwarts ... as well as Mr. BHHS title
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
May 31, 2013 10:05 pm

Azalea Festival Queen Kayla Webre places crown on Alec McBride, winner of Mr. BHHS title. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Azalea Festival Queen Kayla Webre places crown on Alec McBride, winner of Mr. BHHS title. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Alec McBride was crowned king of Hogwarts school of wizardry by none other than her majesty, Azalea Festival queen Kayla Webre Thursday night.

Actually, McBride was crowned Mr. BHHS in the 17th annual Doernbecher Children’s Hospital fundraiser held at Redwood Theater. This year’s event was presented with a Harry Potter theme.

First runner-up was Steven Nagel, who was only one point behind McBride in the judges’ scoring. Judges were Jess Beaman, 2008 Mr. BHHS Blake Peters, Sharon Fitzgerald and 2012 Azalea Festival Queen Louie Deraita.

It was a tie vote for Mr. Congeniality, which was won by Perry Ryan and Nagel.

The event raised $825 for the children’s hospital in Portland. This and other fundraisers organized by the Doernbecher Committee at Brookings-Harbor High School —  including penny drives, selling candy canes, and powder puff football — will result in more than $5,000 in donations, according to Kristy Kleespies, committee faculty advisor.

Since the inception of the Mr. BHHS pageant, which is a parody of the Azalea Scholarship Pageant, the school has sent nearly $100,000 to the hospital, Kleespies said.

The pageant included an opening dance by contestants Jesse Carson, Alex Garibay, Ryan, Nagel and McBride, a talent contest, modeling Muggle wear and wizard wear, a curtsy contest, a question, and the Dash for Cash.

This year, the contestants were asked the question: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” This resulted in a variety of clever answers, but no consensus.

The Dash for Cash, which involved the contestants running through the theater to see who could collect the most cash, was won by McBride. A total of $350 was raised in a matter of two minutes.

Also helping to raise money for the hospital was Tim Patterson waiving the rental fee for the theater.

According to Kleespies, a lot of work went into organizing the event.

“Sarah Ziemer put a tremendous amount of work into the pageant, including giving up many lunch periods,” Kleespies said. “Mahalee (Evans) also did a ton of work including choreographing the dance.  

“The boys were really into it this year which made for a great pageant.  They were responsible for selling tickets and doing their talents, and just showing up for rehearsals.”

The student committee also thanked Joe Morin, Bruce and Molly Wales, Kleespies and the Azalea Festival court.