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Dylan Russell is Mr. WHS 2010

Article Published: Apr. 29, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Dylan Russell is Mr. WHS 2010

Mr. WHS 2010, Dylan Russell, poses with Courtney Dean Dunnigan.

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If you drove past the entrance to Watauga High School Saturday night, you could probably feel the heat.

The Mr. WHS All-Male Beauty Pageant was way, way, way too hot to handle.

Just ask student body president Dylan Russell. As of Saturday night, he has a new title: Mr. WHS 2010.

"The show itself was a success, one of the more meaningful, but still funny shows," he said.
Embodying the theme "Heatwave," the WHS males on the stage had to wow the crowd, for a good cause.

While the totals aren't in, Russell's hopeful. Early last week, the total stood at $25,000. He hopes Saturday pushed them closer to their goal of $45,000.

Russell was the big on-stage winner Saturday. Not only did he realize his dream of taking home the Mr. WHS title (he told us jokingly months ago he was "winning or else"), but he also won Mr. Congeniality and Mr. Money Maker for raising the most money for the cause. People's Choice went to Cam Haas, and the Student Council Money Maker Award went to Kelsey Gustaveson. Represented in the top seven were Russell, Sam Littlejohn, Cam Owens, Bryan Williams, Kevin Logan, Austin Harbison and Joshua Coffey.

Missed the show? Shoot your belated pledges to Leigh Wallace, c/o Watauga High School, 400 High School Drive, Boone, N.C., 28607.

This year's pageant proceeds go to three local families, the Saltmans, the Shields and the Assencios.

Elsie Saltman, 6, a Mabel School student, is recovering from a brain tumor. Hardin Park 3rd grade teacher Kim Shields is battling non-Hodgkin's follicular lymphoma. Hardin Park 4th grader Manuel Assencio is being treated for aplastic anemia.

Money raised will go directly to their families for expenses and treatment.

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