Kennedy seniors entertain in Mr. JFK pageant
Despite the school year winding down to a close, the student body at John F. Kennedy High School was busy at work until the final week, working to put together a night of entertainment for the community in the annual Mr. JFK Pageant.
Held on May 30 at the Kennedy High School gymnasium, the pageant is one part talent show and one part fundraiser. Prior to the event, organizers held a spaghetti feed dinner, with the proceeds going toward Habitat for Humanity. The Mr. JFK Pageant itself was a fundraiser for OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital — one of a number of pageant-style events held by high schools around Oregon each year to benefit the Portland-based children's hospital.
This year's contestants — Kennedy seniors Nick Suing, Angel Dela Rosa, Rocco Carley, Brandon Salazar and Carson Hall — raised more than $4,000 for Doernbecher. The quintet opened the event with a coordinated song and dance number before being introduced individually by Masters of Ceremony Nick Riedman and Robby Morrissey.
Dressed in beachwear, each contestant brought with them an item that was important to them. Carley showed off a recently-completed quilt made of various his various sports jerseys and camp t-shirts over his athletic career, along with and other patches that represented him.
The talent portion allowed the contestants to provide some entertainment. Salazar donned tights and a tutu and danced to Swan Lake, while Hall and Dela Rosa did music numbers on the ukulele. Carley captivated a trio of young guests with magic and Suing wrapped the event with a piano medley.
Between acts, members of the JFK student body performed a variety of musical, dance and magic shows while the contestants got ready for the next round of the pageant.
After a questions-and-answer segment, judges tallied their points and crowned Suing as this year's winner.
Organizers include JFK Leadership, Morrissey, Jessica Schmidtman, Claire Seiler, Emileni Lopez, Kalyssa Kleinschmit and Clarissa Traeger.