North Augusta High School’s Beta Club held its fourth annual Mr. North Augusta Senior High competition on Saturday to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Beta Club members decided this year to again support the charity and help 3-year-old Myles Dunbar, who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a rare congenital heart defect.
Despite the severity of the illness, Myles seems the same as other boys his age. He likes watching Phineas and Ferb, playing football and eating macaroni and cheese. And just like many other children, he wants to go to Disney World with his family.
Once the curtains opened and contestants were introduced, the competition began. The boys competed in casual attire, impromptu poses and formal wear. The crowd also was entertained by Dance Extreme, who performed several pieces. Local high school students also performed.
Kwashane Robinson read an original poem, Ariana Williams sang and played the guitar and Darryl Butler sang. The Beta Club also performed in preparation for the state convention in Myrtle Beach.
As the competition progressed, contestants were dwindled down to the top five. The finalists were then asked questions to give the judges a good idea of each contestant’s personality. In the end, the winner of the 2012 Mr. NASH competition was Michael Price.
“It was a great experience,” Michael said after winning. “I wasn’t expecting to win. I just wanted to help Myles and get people to care so he can get his wish.”
Myles and his parents also had a great time.
“The event was lovely,” said Myles’ mother. “We really appreciate everything and what everyone has done.”