Seniors at Lee’s Summit West get into the groove for Mr. Titan contest

tporter@lsjournal.comApril 18, 2014 

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    Senior boys competing for the title of Mr. Titan April 23 at Lee’s Summit West High School.

Guys competing for a school’s pageant title could become a rugged affair.

In the case of close to two dozen seniors at Lee’s Summit West High School, the race for Mr. Titan has instead evolved into a testament of camaraderie and showmanship as the senior class of 2014 prepares to bid adieu to their high school careers.

At its only stage rehearsal prior to the Mr. Titan contest – a fundraiser for the school’s Project Grad celebration – a few participants spoke on the enjoyment of counting down the waning moments of high school with their fellow mates.

“I thought it would be a fun event to experience with my friends and get to know other guys in my class better,” said Mr. Titan candidate Anthony McGee.

Mr. Titan is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 inside the performing arts center at Lee’s Summit West. Tickets are $5 and will benefit Project Grad, a drug- and alcohol-free post graduation party for departing seniors. Audience members will be able to vote using dollar bills or in a text-to-poll live vote.

Lee’s Summit High School hosted its annual Mr. Tiger, a fundraiser for the school’s student Senate, March 21 and Lee’s Summit North High School hosted Mr. Bronco last night (April 17). Mr. Bronco will benefit the school’s prom, student Senate and the Northern Stars.

“I’m looking for a big crowd to come out and have support for everyone,” McGee continued. “Hopefully I end up winning, but if not, I know I would love for any of these guys to win. I just want everyone to have fun. It’s giving the crowd something to laugh at, but really it’s helping us as a class.”

The seniors at West kicked off rehearsal April 16 with a choreographed dance number put together with help from the school’s award-winning West Side Girls dance troupe. The routine involved a melody of music, in-synch steps and plenty of practice.

“We’ve been practicing for a while” said David Padget, another Mr. Titan candidate. “It’s been fun.”

“We’ve been practicing since February,” added candidate Jackson Morrill.

Padget promised the crowd will not be disappointed in the number.

“The dance routine was a little edgy,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to be perfect, but it’s funny to watch. It’s going to be eventful that’s all I can say.”

As for his fellow competitors for Mr. Titan, Padget agreed the chemistry to put on a good show is there.

“These guys are great,” he said. “They are hilarious and fun to be around.”

Morrill said working with his fellow seniors leading up to the contest has been what he expected.

“It’s really energetic,” he said. “I love the vibe these guys give off. They’re really, really entertaining to be around.”

Morrill mentioned April 23, the day of Mr. Titan, just happens to be his birthday.

“I’m looking forward to being able to just sing and put my talent out there for everyone, he said, “but the fact that it’s my birthday makes it a little better.”

It was hard to tell if he was angling for the popular vote nearly a week before the contest, but asked how it would feel to be crowned Mr. Titan on the day that he was born, Morrill stated: “That would be one great present.”

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