Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald
COPPERAS COVE — Copperas Cove High School’s first male beauty pageant Saturday was hailed a success by all in attendance. Eight contestants wooed the judges and audience with their renditions of song, dance and musical instrument performances.
“It’s nice to see the kids having a good time and it’s a lot of fun to watch,” said Nielson Dorroh, whose was there to support three contestants who were his son’s friends.
“I thought my son was crazy when he first told me about this pageant,” said Debra Cole, whose son, Jayson Cole, won best walk. “I envisioned him dressed up in girl’s clothes but this is great fun.”
In the end, junior prince was awarded to Michael Nisle; senior king went to Gabriel Perez; and the grand supreme champion was Allen Dees.
“Thank you everyone for coming out, we worked really hard for this,” said Dees, immediately after he won. “Please, give yourself a round of applause.”
Dees said his advice to the seniors in next year’s competition would be to “just get out there, have fun and do your best.”
The only female who participated in the competition was guest singer Karagan Mayberry, a 17-year-old student headed to Oklahoma State University.
“It felt good singing for the audience,” she said. “I felt so powerful up there.”
The audience also had a say in the competition and voted: Michael Sizemore, the most humorous; Perez, best dressed; Nisle, best smile; and Cole, Mr. Congeniality.
Other contestants were Austin Abbey, Jerret Gosnell and Nelson Policarpio.