Mesa and Miss Mesa contests joined; originally, the Mr. Mesa event was hosted on Grad Night and Miss Mesa was entirely separate event run by ASB. Mrs. Delzer suggested that the two join into a one night event and the idea has stuck ever since.
The event is now solely hosted by ASB and usually takes place on a Friday night in the lyceum. Although, this year, Mr and Miss Mesa was hosted on Thursday, March 20th, due to conflicts with other events. The hosts, Ellie Aguilar and Raymond Andrade, read the contestants’ biographies as they walked down the aisle to the stage in their formal wear. The Miss Mesa contestants included Anna Do, Sophie Harriman, Sheena Reesky, McKenzie Soldin, and Amley Tupai. The Mr. Mesa contestants were Royce Friedmann, Geoff Fulkerson, Kyle Hefner, Scott Montgomery, Corbin Pritchard, Sagang Wee, and Logan Whalen.
After the presentation of formal wear, the night continued on to the talent portion of the contest. This section of the contest is known to include all types of routines. Many of the routines are comical, for example, in past years, contestants have done things such as work-out routines, opera singing, and hula hooping for their talents. The talents included:
Sophie Harriman did a Miss Congeniality spoof of wine glass harmonica while overplaying all different types of music.
Sagang Wee and Royce Friedmann did a cover of Disney’s ‘A Whole New World’ with Sagang playing Princess Jasmine and Royce playing Aladdin. Their performance included a magic carpet, costumes, and karaoke style singing.
McKenzie Soldin did a dance routine with a flag to Disney’s ‘Let it Go’; the performance was similar to color guard’s routines.
Scott Montgomery and Kyle Hefner did a series of basketball tricks back and forth. Cody Pham made a guest appearance and the group did a silent comical routine.
Geoff Fulkerson brought up volunteers from the audience and demonstrated how he gave the best high-fives.
Sheena Reesky sang a song and was accompanied by Danielle Obong on ukulele. When she finished her song, she asked Justin Fisher to Sadies and he said yes.
Almey Tupai did a traditional Samoan dance to music.
Anna Do sang ‘Scrub’ by TLC, she was accompanied by Neil Zagada on guitar.
Logan Whalen did an interpretive dance to ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ with Evan Stechauner; Logan played the lion and Evan played a man. After the interpretive dance was over, Evan left the stage and Logan did a solo hip-hop dance.
Corbin Pritchard did the Napoleon Dynamite dance complete with the costume and tater tots.
The Talent portion was followed by Beach Wear. Contestants entered once again from the aisles with costumes varying from water polo players, beach bums, to complete scuba divers. After this section, there was a fifteen minute Intermission in order to let the judges deliberate who would move on. The Judges included Mrs. Ablett, Ms. Cross, Mr. Howell, Mrs. Kaska, Mrs. Olguin, and the NHHS President, Wyatt Robertson.
As Intermission came to a close, the contestants were called back out to the stage in their formal wear. Ellie and Raymond opened the results as the crowd waited in anticipation. The tops three Miss Mesas were Anna Do, Sheena Reesky, and McKenzie Soldin and the top three Mr. Mesas were Kyle Hefner, Corbin Pritchard, and Sagang Wee.
The finalists moved to the front of the stage where they were each asked a question. The questions and answers ranged all topics. For example, when Sagang Wee was asked where he would go if he could go anywhere in the world, he said Hogwarts because “…magic, Harry Potter, and magic…”
After all of the finalists had answered a question, they were asked to leave the stage in order for the judges to deliberate one final time. As the judges conversed, a video was played for the audience. The video was a short interview of the contestants talking about winning the contest and also sarcastically bad-mouthing each other.
When the video was over the judges had made their decision. The contestants were all invited to the stage. A hush fell over the entire crowd as Ellie and Raymond opened the letter that contained the winners.
They announced that Sangang Wee and Anna Do were the new Mr. and Miss Mesa.
The crowd cheered with excitement as the winners were given a sash and crown. Sagang and Anna will also get their name engraved into a plaque that hangs in the ASB room. Shortly after, all the lyceum seats were empty as the audience huddled around the contestants talking and taking pictures. The night was filled with laughs and excitement. ASB encourages participation from all grades and is looking forward to the competition next year; they also invite the Costa Mesa community to attend ASB’s next event, the Talent Show, which takes place on May 16th.