Story by Laura Boyd | Editor-in-Chief
McKinney Boyd starts a new tradition tomorrow (Tuesday) for its Broncos: the Mr. McKinney Boyd Man Pageant. The contestant list will include male students from the class of 2019 from various clubs across campus.
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, the Student Council Senior Class Officers wanted to give the seniors one last memory before graduation.
“Our [students] went to a student council state convention and they were told about this event… [They] saw that idea and really liked it and wanted to do it,” Senior Class Student Council Sponsor Maggie Coake said.
Contestants will compete in categories ranging from a talent competition to gentlemen’s attire. To encourage participants to become excited about the pageant, Student Council created a winning prize no senior can resist: a free prom ticket.
“It is a fundraiser for prom… we wanted to give the seniors something to look forward to,” Coake said.
As the date for the pageant comes closer, excitement has grown tremendously.
“The response that we have gotten is pretty positive. The [students] that are participating seem to really like the idea,” Coake said.
Senior Julianna Cook is helping prepare her boyfriend, Hayden Gilliam, for Mr. McKinney Boyd. According to Cook, since Gilliam was "voted on by his peers to be Homecoming King" he is "bound to win."
Representing BNN, Gilliam is keeping his talent hidden until the day of the pageant.
"I actually have no idea. He won't tell me what he's doing...I'm super excited to see him in the pageant," Cook said.
Another participant vying for the crown is senior Korbin Bell. Representing the lacrosse team, Bell will use his talent in stand-up comedy to secure him a free prom ticket.
Bell believes that the way he “[expresses] the Boyd spirit through [his] action and dedication to the school,” will allow him to outperform the other contestants.
Mr. McKinney Boyd will take place during sixth and seventh periods on Tuesday, April 9. Tickets are available April 8 during all lunches for five dollars.