Neshaminy hosts male pageant to benefit charities


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Joey Ireland won the crown at Neshaminy High School's male pageant this year.

Neshaminy High School held its fourth annual male pageant March 30. Students competed in a variety of areas and fundraised throughout the week leading up to the competition.

“…Every boy picks a charity that they spend a week raising money for and the winner of this boys [sic] pageant gets all the money raised to go to his charity…,” said competitor, Jake Cautilli. “I personally did the Langhorne Middletown Fire Company because it’s a local [organization which provides] important volunteer services, but many charities were chosen like wounded warriors or Four Diamonds.”

Joey Ireland won this year’s competition, with the proceeds going to Dean Bond’s charity for Alzheimer’s. The 2013 competition yielded $1,045.93 to support breast cancer research.

Many past competitors in the competition have lauded the fun they’ve had participating in the pageant, which has encouraged more participants in the years after.

“I thought it would be a fun thing to do with my friends and make people laugh,” Cautilli continued. “…Plus getting out of class is a bonus…It’s a lot of fun…”

Participants compete in a variety of categories, including talent.

“…I told people I was gonna do archery as my talent as a joke, because I’ve never even held a bow before…,” Cautilli went on. “But as [the competition] came closer I [sic] knew I needed to learn or I’d look like a fool. So I taught myself how and to shoot and now I [sic] have this super practical skill…”

Cautilli was not allowed to use his archery talents in the pageant. He substituted a makeup-related skit for his archery routine while competing. Many competitors chose to dance.

Other competitors include Mark Hargadon, Gianni Mitchell, Grant Nabit, Brad Harrison, Trevor Tu, John Mullin, Dennis Quinlisk, and Riley Masterson.