On Nov. 16, WTAMU students gathered in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center to support the Mr. WT Pageant.
The Mr. WT Pageant is a show displaying the creativity, talent, and beauty of male WT students. Student Body President Brandy Roberts and Student Government hosted the fundraising event catered to the Student Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“The Student Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship presented to a student in the same major of a student who has recently passed,” said Roberts. “We grant the scholarship in the former student’s name as a way to honor them.”
Seven male contestants daringly walked the stage for three rounds hoping to wear the winning crown.
“We have a tie,” said Roberts into the microphone. “And the winners are Sean O’Rear and Julio Marquez.”
Applause echoed in the JBK as both competitors were congratulated. Other awards were given such as, ‘Mr. Congeniality’ and ‘Mr. Money Bags’ to two other participants.
“I was hoping to win, but was very surprised I actually did,” said Sean O’Rear, a History Education major.
Freshmen Nursing major Julio Marquez also admitted his surprise to winning and said he enjoyed being in the show.
“I had hopes [of winning] and dreamed big,” said Marquez. “My favorite part of the show was being able to impress the ladies with my Enrique Iglesias song. I not only sang it, I mastered it.”
Like the pageant contestants, audience members were also happy to support the cause.
Freshmen Music Therapy major Jonna Gallegos said she “loved the talent round [of the competition]. It was funny seeing what everyone had to bring.”
“The pageant had a better turn out than expected, it was a huge success,” said Roberts.