Conant Cheers for Mr. Cougar
Lights! Camera! Cougars! Every year Conant hosts the Mr. Cougar pageant, where 11 CHS seniors compete in a hilarious male beauty pageant. This tradition has gone on at Conant for as far back as students and administrators can remember, and this year the participants put on a show like no other.
The senior participants did a great job, and the laughs and cheers proved them all winners. The participants were Anthony Piltaver, Bobby Alexander, Chandler Lantern, Luke Cunningham, Michael Lampert, Chase Hermanson, Nate Armando, Shil Mehta, Mohit Bandla, Griffin Rose, and Eric Sharringhousen.
Mr. Moravek explained, “It brings everyone from all of Conant. It’s a great time and an end of the year senior party.” There were many qualified competitors, so the judges had some tough choices to make. Tony Piltaver was voted Mr. Congeniality by his fellow cougar competitors, while Nate Armando took 3rd, Eric Sharringhousen took 2nd, and Chandler Lantern took the 2015 title of Mr. Cougar.
All the boys were strong competitors in the costume and talent portions where Nate Armando impressed the crowd with his stellar magic act and Chandler showcased his duet singing skills with his mom.
Piltaver said, “We have a great group of guys in this years competition. Basically, we all are the best candidates.”
The main reason Piltaver competed is for the students and faculty of Conant High School. “What teachers and students do on an everyday basis is tough and sometimes dull. I would just like to get on the stage and allow them to have a good time watching the contestants of this years competition make fools of themselves,” he explained.
Not only is Mr. Cougar fun for everyone to watch, but the proceeds raised go to fund a greater cause. Mr. Moravek, who is the student counselor administrator and had a large role in putting the Mr. Cougar event together, said “All the money collected will go to find scholarships at Conant. The two scholarships the funding supports are the Rachel Laird scholarship and the Larry Schroeder scholarship.” The remaining money is donated to cougars in need to help Conant’s very own. Alongside the laughs at this year’s Mr. Cougar pageant, a lot of money was also raised to give back to our students and community.
This year a new twist was introduced to incentivize students to come to the event. The winners of the cupcake decorating contest for Conant’s Cupcakes for a Cause event would get to judge Mr. Cougar later that same night. This year the turnout was fantastic and the Cupcake decorating contest reeled tons of students in. There is no doubt that alongside the laughs at this year’s Mr.Cougar pageant, a lot of money was also raised to give back to our students and community.