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Amherst Regional’s Schools for Africa Club’s Man Pageant a big hit

Comedy ruled at the third annual Man Pageant at Amherst Regional High School last Friday. Finn Scott, a sophomore who performed a comedy routine full of anecdotes and weird accents, took home the evening’s highest prize, said Jack Schrader, one of the leaders of the Schools for Africa Club, which hosted the event.

Schrader said Scott’s performance was “hilarious” and a huge hit with the crowd.

The prize for first runner-up went to Jaimon Olmsted, who sang a duet of the Backstreet Boys’ classic hit “I Want It That Way” with fellow contestant Mike Hixon. The third contestant to make it to the finals was Rory Lambert, who hedged his bets in the talent section by offering up two acts, impressions and singing — his impressions were of Kermit the Frog and President Obama, while he sang “Falling Slowly,” from the movie “Once.”

The pageant had 12 contestants who performed for an audience of nearly 300 people, according to Schrader, who said it was the largest Man Pageant yet. “We raised a lot of money and it was a blast,” he said.

The show was capped off with karaoke performances by the finalists.

The event brought in $1,800 for the Schools for Africa Club, which has raised nearly $8,000 this year. Schrader said that including the money they raised last year, the club now has approximately $15,000. Members are aiming to collect $20,000 to fund the building of a school in Cameroon. The group, which was founded five years ago, is a fundraising powerhouse that already paid for one school and one well in Cameroon.

Schrader said Schools for Africa’s most successful fundraiser is an annual fall letter-writing campaign. This year it netted more than $6,000. In past years, the club has also held a duck race on the Mill River, and it plans to hold a field day of outdoor games and sports this spring.

The Schools for Africa Club has close to 30 members, according to Schrader.

In addition to Schrader, the club is led by Justin Kim, Althea Schenck and Maia Bix. The group attracts so many students because it raises money for a great cause with events, like the Man Pageant, that get students excited, said Schrader. “We raise all this money but we do it in such a fun way.”


AND: Registration season has arrived at ARHS. Course registration is open from Feb. 25 through March 1. Students who are still contemplating their schedules can learn more at electives fairs that will be held during lunch Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday... ARHS will host a screening of “The Weight of the Nation,” a documentary about health and obesity in America, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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