Story by Paige Ernste
Last Friday night was Carpenter Hall’s annual Mr. Carpenter pageant.
Carpenter’s executive council has put on this event every spring for several years.
“The executive council of Carpenter Hall has been working on this program since before winter break,” said ground floor representative Brenna Paukert.
The competition was opened up to all males who live in Carpenter, and eight signed up.
The competitors were Donny Hughes, Jacob Hewitt, Stewart Kofron, Peter Gorski, Anthony Pawnell, Lucas Hampton, and Chris Bernard.
The contestants competed in three different competitions: talent, formal wear and interview.
Three subcategories (Mr. Talent, Mr. Swag and Mr. Congeniality) were awarded in addition to the overall Mr. Carpenter winner to acknowledge who scored the highest in each category.
According to Paukert, “Mr. Carpenter won based off of the highest combined score from the judges. The Mr. Carpenter received a $25 gift card, his runner-ups received $10 gift cards, and the winners of each category will receive a sash with their title on it.”
This year’s Mr. Talent was awarded to Stuart Kofron for his cover of “Say Something.” Mr. Swag was awarded to Chris Bernard. Mr. Congeniality was awarded to Jacob Hewitt, and this year’s Mr. Carpenter title went to Donny Hughes.
Hughes’ talent performance was a dance to “Gonna Make You Sweat” that was “all self-taught,” he said.
“I just really wanted an opportunity to dance and ‘80s hip-hop gave it to me.”
Hughes said he feels honored to have won Mr. Carpenter.
“I feel I have a great opportunity to represent Carpenter Hall in a positive light. If I can be an example for how outgoing Carpenter Hall is through this then it is well worth it,” Hughes said.
Last year’s winner Ben Verhasselt agreed with Hughes as he reflected on his 2013 victory.
“It was fun to win Mr. Carpenter, and I felt honored. It was such a great experience and one I will remember for a long time.”
“Overall, the experience was fantastic,” Hughes said. “I couldn’t ask for a more supportive atmosphere. The students are what make this campus what it is and by them coming out, and showing love for residence life is a great display of community.”