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It's...Mr. Bradshaw! 'Pageant' is spring fun for high school

Kalif Reid bested his fellow contestants by one point, and now bears the title of Mr. Bradshaw 2009.<br> 
TribPhoto/Cheryl Hartz

Kalif Reid bested his fellow contestants by one point, and now bears the title of Mr. Bradshaw 2009.<br> TribPhoto/Cheryl Hartz

Three teachers judging this year's Mr. Bradshaw Pageant at Bradshaw Mountain High School found themselves facing a happy challenge Friday night.

The high quality of the 10 senior boys vying for the title made it a close competition. In fact, only one point separated first and second place, while just five points came between first and third in the half-filled Glassford Hill Middle School auditorium.

But Kalif Reid gladly took the one-point victory and held up his Mr. Bradshaw trophy to loud cheers from both the audience and his fellow contestants, including runner-up Marco Sotelo and third place Derrick Hunt.

None of the 10, which also included Kale Kauppi, Tanner Brown, Tyler Grinter, Wyatt Byers, Neil Gibson, Chris Cordero and Jordan Fagelman, took themselves too seriously, giving the audience an entertaining and hilarious show through four phases of competition. As Master of Ceremonies George Ponte pointed out, they each "strutted their physical and intellectual stuff" - wearing a tuxedo, answering three randomly chosen questions, showing school spirit and displaying a talent.

High school teachers Sean O'Hara and Joann Martin and office staff member Debra Draper served as judges, and after each talent display, emulated the "American Idol" judges, to the audience's delight. O'Hara played the cool Randy Jackson, Martin was the opinionated (but more kindly in this case) Simon Cowell and Draper was sweet Paula Abdul, telling everyone, "You're awesome. We love you."

Those talents were sometimes musical, such as playing "Ode to Joy" on the harmonica (Hunt), an original guitar solo (Cordero) and a C&W duet (Fagelman and Grinter) that included dancing with the female judges. But other eclectic talents were ripping a phone book in half (Byers), back flips and beat-boxing (Reid), stand-up comedy (Sotelo) and dancing (crazy legs from Gibson, a "Napoleon Dynamite" imitation by Kauppi, and a spoofed ribbon dance from Brown).

Although the contest was meant for fun, the top three did receive prizes, including free dinners and prom tickets. Elegant Brides and Evening Wear lent tuxedos free of charge for the event, while AAA Natural Touch Prescott Flower Shop and Olive Garden donated flowers and dinners, respectively.

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