Searching for first Mr. CCHS

For years the Junior Miss pageant has given the young ladies of our community an opportunity to gain experience and confidence in front of an audience while competing for scholarship monies.But what about the boys?The Eagle Renaissance program, which originated last year at Columbia City High School, has seen the slight to Columbia City’s male students and stepped up to the challenge bringing to the community the first ever Mr. CCHS Pageant.Set for 7 p.m. Friday at the CCHS auditorium, 10 guys will compete for the title of Mr. CCHS to a crowd of adoring fans — which can include you — for just $2 per person.The boys competing for the top prize of $250 or one of five category prizes of $20 gift cards are: Aakash Patel, Alan Murphy, Ben Murphy, Brandon Davis, Joe McCullough, Jordan Chapple, Logan Rehrer, Ryan Romanowski, Seth Briggs and Tyler Petersen. While this contest is for some serious money, some of the contestants have decided to take a bit of a tongue-in-cheek approach.In the talent competition, one will show off his “animal whisperer” skills and Rentschler promises a bit of fun in the fitness routine, as well.The format of the program will follow the Junior Miss Program loosely with categories of academics, fitness, talent, interview and poise. Organizers have even enlisted Whitley County’s own Junior Miss organizer as one of the judges — Pam Thompson. Others on the judges panel include Sen. Jim Banks, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler, Jennifer Romano and Scott Frazier.Eagle Renaissance was formed to “create and sustain an environment where academic achievement is expected, nurtured and celebrated through reinforcement, recognition and reward,” according to an e-mail from Kristin Rentschler, one of the organizers and a teacher at CCHS. The mission of the program at Columbia City High School is to promote student achievement, teacher effectiveness, parent support and community awareness of an attitude of excellence at CCHS. The money raised provides for the honor roll pizza lunches, the discount cards, the attendance “goody bags,” honor society cords and more.