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Junior classman pegged as Mr. Phoenix 2014

A group of 10 John C. Birdlebough High School students showed off their talents and interview skills as they recently battled it out for the title of Mr. Phoenix.

John C. Birdlebough High School junior Ben Bulgrien (center) celebrates after being crowned Mr. Phoenix. Looking on are finalists Zach Thompson (left) and Conrad Karl.
John C. Birdlebough High School junior Ben Bulgrien (center) celebrates after being crowned Mr. Phoenix. Looking on are finalists Zach Thompson (left) and Conrad Karl.

With a bit of swagger, junior classman Ben Bulgrien’s humor, quick-wit and eloquent interview answer earned him the crown and title of Mr. Phoenix, the district’s third annual male pageant event.

Junior Wyatt Parker was the runnerup.

Freshmen Zach Thompson and Conrad Karl finished tied for third place.

Rounding out the field were Joe Brennan, Chris Nicolella, Josh Margrey, Andy Padula, Mike Girard and Michael Sadoski.

The contest served as a fundraiser for the junior class and pitted freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors against one another in a variety of events.

During the talent portion of the Mr. Phoenix event held recently, John C. Birdlebough High School, students Andy Padula, Ken Borza, Chris Nicolella and Ian Evans take the stage for a rap/beat box performance.
During the talent portion of the Mr. Phoenix event held recently, John C. Birdlebough High School, students Andy Padula, Ken Borza, Chris Nicolella and Ian Evans take the stage for a rap/beat box performance.

Students performed songs, comedy, skits and other talents to keep the audience entertained.

“This is always such a great event,” said JCB junior class adviser Kathy Lathrop. “These kids put so much work into the event and it really shows.”

The contestants’ efforts were judge by a five-person panel of teachers who scored each participant on a variety of factors in each category.

Judges included Jenn Epolito, Tim Fredenburg, Rick Heffernan, Michelle Lewis and Angie Neiss.