Competing For A Crown ... And A Safe Post Prom

Who will win the title of Mr. Solanco 2019? Nine senior boys will vie for that honor in a pageant on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Solanco High School auditorium, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. The doors and the box office will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased at the school office during the school day. Baked goods and other refreshments will be sold at intermission.

The contestants are Kyle Osborne, Nick Dillon, Noah Huyett, Evan Boule, Gabe Williams, Will Paredes, Zack Fritz, Patrick Hodgson, and Logan Yaletchko. They will compete in the categories of beachwear, talent, formalwear, and interview. English teacher Leslie McRobbie, math teacher Jake Bongiovanni, athletic director Anthony Hall, and bridal shop owner Bev Icenhour will adjudicate. New this year, the contestants will vote for the title of Mr. Congeniality. The 2018 Mr. Solanco, Kyle Dombach, will crown the winner, and Miss Solanco, Noelle Schneider, will place his sash.

"It'll be the first time that Mr. Solanco and Miss Solanco have ever been on stage together. That'll be a neat photo op," commented Lorrie Yaletchko, who is coordinating the pageant with Maria Phillips. Lorrie is co-chairing the 2019 post prom with Christine Schneider, and the Mr. Solanco pageant is a fundraiser for post prom.

"Post prom provides a fun, safe, substance-free evening of games and prizes for graduating seniors and their guests," Lorrie said. "With (the temptation of) private parties with alcohol and (the possibility of) drunk driving, post prom really does give (prom-goers) a safe place to be, which is so important."

Lorrie noted that although fundraising is lagging by $9,000, the post prom committee is committed to stretching every dollar it has. "We'll still hold it, and we'll still make it wonderful," she said. "There will be a lot to do. It will be very fun."

A number of students are supporting the post prom committee's efforts by helping to produce the Mr. Solanco pageant. Seniors Aubree Roop and Tyson Grant will serve as the masters of ceremonies, and other students will staff the stage crew, coordinate the costumes, and run the sound, lights, and video. 2018 Solanco graduate Kara Woerth is in charge of the choreography.

"The show begins with an amazing dance routine," Lorrie remarked. "They're doing a dance mix with country, rap, pop, Beyonce, (and more). That should be a good time."

The contestants represent a wide variety of interests, with athletes and actors, musicians and mathematicians sharing the stage. The talents are varied and include a saxophone solo, an original Christian rap, a lip-synced song, stand-up comedy routines, and dance routines. The beachwear segment will also highlight the contestants' personalities. In addition to board shorts, there will be some unexpected outfits.

"They're very creative, elaborate. They're thinking outside the box," Lorrie said. "They're taking it to (another) level."

The winner of the Mr. Solanco pageant will receive a free tuxedo rental for the prom. The runner-up will be given a free boutonniere and corsage for prom.

The senior class members, however, will be the overall winners when they attend post prom.

The post prom committee welcomes contributions for post prom. Anyone who would like to donate or needs more information about Mr. Solanco or post prom may contact Lorrie at 610-202-8755 or lorrieyale@yahoo.com.

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