What’s the best way to make sure high school students show up to a fundraiser? Do something that has never been done before and do it in a big way.

The Copperas Cove High School Student Council is hosting its first male beauty pageant at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Lea Ledger auditorium. The event will raise funds for “Pennies to Patients,” a program that benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America and cancer patients.

“We wanted to do something different, still have fun and donating to a good cause,” said 16-year-old Savannah Rodriguez, a student council member. “We figured the more interest this generates the more people will come and the more funds we’ll raise.”

The show will have elements of a traditional beauty pageant, such as a talent show with a twist, best smile and best walk. Scholarship prizes will be awarded to the senior grand champion winner and runners-up.

“Students are always complaining that there’s never anything to do around here,” Rodriguez said. “So we decided to do something about it. Who knows, maybe this will lead to more stuff for kids our age. We will definitely be hosting another pageant next year.”

General admission for students is $2 and for adults $4.

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Herald

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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