Jonathan Barbour named Mr. Western

Jonathan Barbour was named Mr. Western on Feb. 26, 2014. / Photo submitted

By Alexis Dickerson
Times-News correspondent

   Western Alamance High School senior Jonathan Barbour took home the title of “Mr. Western” during the school’s annual all-male pageant on Feb. 26.
Last year’s Mr. Western, Christian Estrada, passed down the crown to Barbour.
“I was really not expecting (to win) and it’s awesome that people actually like what I do,” Barbour said.
Presented by the Theater Arts Department, 10 participants competed in the “Suit and Tie” event. The theme was changed from “Valentine’s Day” to “Suit and Tie” when the event was moved from the day before Valentine’s Day (Feb. 13) due to the inclement weather that week.
Early on in the competition, judges Matt Moss and Darryl McMullen expressed that Mr. Western must have an “explosive personality.” These young men performed both covers and original songs, monologues and even presented a short film.
“It was (Barbour’s) video that, for me, really set it apart,” Moss said.
Showing charisma, charm and character, these gentlemen were scored on their opening performance, presentation of an infomercial for an item that was sold at a silent auction, talent, formal wear and responses to a preliminary prompt questionnaire.
Kaleb Ellis, a senior, won Mr. Congeniality; Jordan Hicks, a senior, won third runner-up; and Justin Arroyo, a senior, won second runner-up.

 Alexis Dickerson is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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