Josh Brown of Central Valley was declared the winner of the Mr. Beaver County competition. The contest included students from Ambridge, Beaver, Central Valley, Rochester and Riverside, all of whom vied for the title Thursday at Central Valley High School.
Josh, a Central Valley student, received a $500 scholarship and the runner up, Zane Braslawsce of Beaver,received a $250 scholarship from The Prevention Network in Baden, a non-profit that provides students and families with mental health and emotional support.
One student, or for some schools, two students competed after either volunteering or after winning their local "Mr." contest. The main event is funded through a partnership with the Beaver County Commissioners and the county behavioral health department.
Students who participated were: Albert Smith of Ambridge who sang All of Me; Zane Braslawsce, who sang Hallelujah; Caleb Porto of Central Valley who sang La Vie En Rose and played the trumpet; Josh Brown, who sang Counting Stars and played the baritone; Hunter Paff of Riverside, who did an interpretive dance; and Clarence Seybert of Rochester who sang Hallelujah.
Jeremy G. Angus, CEO of the Prevention Network, was the master of ceremony, and said a great crowd came to watch the students. The competition began with a fitness routine, followed by a swimsuit show, followed by their talents and ended with a formal wear and question-and-answer portion.
Angus, also an Ambridge school board member, is himself a former Mr. Beaver County winner from 2008.
"This is an annual event that is an amazing opportunity for our regional students of the county to show off their hidden talents and earn some great money for college," Angus said. "I was humbled to be the MC for the event, it was neat to take a photo with this year's winners in the exact same spot I took my photo when I won. It is amazing how things come back around and I am elated for the winners."
Judges for the evening included Mary DeMars, membership director of Phipps Conservatory; Javerta Simms of Beaver County Behavorial Health; Diane Brochious of Chick Fil A; and Caitlin Davidson and Danielle Pollock of Baden Academy Charter School. The Prevention Network, through the support of
Winners in individual categories were:
Albert Smith of Ambridge - Physical Fitness
Hunter Paff of Riverside - Swimsuit
Caleb Porto of Central Valley - Talent
Clarence Seybert of Rochester - Formal Wear
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