A group some consider to be Tech’s most dapper men lined the stage in Howard auditorium Tuesday night for the second annual Mr. Tech 2013 Pageant.
The nine contestants stood tall as they looked out to the panel of six judges comprised of Tech staff, alumni and their professional peers.
The pageant was hosted by the reigning Miss Louisiana Tech, Julianne Tippen, who acted as the evening’s emcee and introduced the contestants to the audience.
The proceeds from the $3 admission fee will go to the Child’s Miracle Network Hospital.
“I am hoping to have this [Mr. Tech] become Miss Tech’s philanthropy,” Tippen said. “I’m also hoping to get Union Board involved and make it as big as Miss Louisiana Tech.”
Tippen then presented the contestants with a walkthrough and introduction before they exited the stage to prepare for the next portion of the pageant.
During their absence, the reigning Miss Dixie Gem Peach, Mallory Cox, played a rendition of the “Tom and Jerry,” inspired “Cat and Mouse” on piano.
Following Cox’s performance, each contestant displayed his individuality by presenting himself in an outfit of his own choice.
The clothing, or at times lack of, varied from full Tech apparel to nothing more than shorts and boat shoes.
The pageant’s talent portion showed the contestants’ skills, which ranged from dancing to kung fu to singing original songs.
Lou Pharis, a junior speech communication major, recited a poem that told of his desires to get to know a woman from the neck up.
After a short intermission, the contestants presented themselves in formal wear and answered questions asked by Tippen.
Shashank Shrestha, a junior economics major, was asked if he thinks the budget cuts in education have affected Tech.
“I don’t think it’s affected Tech from what I’ve noticed and that the school is still doing great,” Shrestha said.
Once the judges tallied the contestants’ scores based on first impression, stage presence and confidence, Trippen announced the pageant winners.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award, an award chosen by the audience through $1 votes for their favorite contestant, was Andrew Lewis, a sophomore biology major.
Second and first runners up were Christian Stamps, a junior economics major, and Neil Watkins, a junior biology major, respectively.
As the audience banged on their chairs and knees to create a drum roll effect, Trippen announced Shreshtha as Mr. Tech 2013.
“I was breathless,” he said. “I asked Miss Tech backstage how it feels to win and she said it feels amazing and it does. I want to thank everyone.”
Shreshtha said that with this title, he has a platform he will be able to reach more people and he hopes to help students broaden their horizons, internationally speaking.
“Most of the people here are from Ruston,” he said. “I want to show them there are opportunities around the world for them.”
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