Two years after the pandemic first took a toll on the world, Mr. Whaler is returning to New Bedford High School.

On Saturday, April 30, the Mr. Whaler competition comes back to New Bedford High's Bronspiegel Auditorium, 6 to 9 p.m.

"As a school, we felt that it was important to bring back the tradition of Mr. Whaler in order to embrace our Whaler Culture here at New Bedford High School, which we have not been able to celebrate in full since 2020 due to Covid," Class of 2022 adviser and Portuguese teacher Ricardo Aguiar said.

"We are most excited about seeing everything come together on the night of Mr. Whaler, and enjoying the amazing performances that our students have prepared and worked so hard on for their families, friends, our staff and the judges, of course."

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The 2020 winner was Mario Guerrero. Here he is posing with former Ms. New Bedford and drama club alumnna Olivia Marques.

Photo Credit: Joanne Correia Marques
Photo Credit: Joanne Correia Marques

This year, nine contestants are in the running:

  • Zachary Bois
  • Samuel Mosher
  • Samuel Jupin
  • Zavion Robbins
  • Jeremiah Bishop
  • Diego Serra
  • Ke-Shawn Bennett
  • Angel Cruz
  • Abdiel Martinez

Megan Sylvia, current Miss New Bedford, will also judge and perform, and all of the tuxes are donated by Men’s Wearhouse in Dartmouth.

If anyone is interested in the event, tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for general admission. All proceeds go towards the Class of 2022.

Best of luck to all contestants involved and kudos to all behind the scenes for the hard work that goes into this event.

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