The 2023 Mr. Westport Has Been Crowned for the 20th Anniversary [VIDEO]
It's been 20 years since the very first Mr. Westport took the stage, and another senior has been crowned.
The pageant began in 2003 and had been going strong ever since as a way for the senior class to express themselves in a bid to flaunt the sash. This year's contestants were Tyler Simonin, Avery Viveiros, Nicholas DosVais, Michael Braga and Coletrain McGonigle.
Five classmates competed for the crown and on Friday, May 5, Simonin was the latest to claim the title. From his opening act all the way through the swimsuit portion, talent and final questionnaire, Simonin had the crowd cheering.
For the swimsuit portion of the show, Simonin got creative. He dressed in a hula skirt and lei to simulate the hula girl novelty item people have on their car dashboards. He even projected video from a car dashcam behind him to add to the realism.
His talent consisted of a powerful rendition of the classic "Feeling Good," popularized by Nina Simone and Michael Buble, among other performers.
With only four rehearsals, the contestants and everyone involved behind the scenes pulled off an entertaining show without any hiccups.
"I just can't believe this show ran," Simonin said. "It was a struggle to get this up and running but I'm so glad that it all worked out. I had a blast. I am so happy I did this, not only for me but for the community and the class. I'm going to college at Pace University in New York, but I'll still be Mr. Westport at heart."
As the judges tallied their scores, five seniors and their assistants stood anxiously awaiting the results. Westport alumnus and teacher Daniel Marques read the results.
Right behind Simonin was first-runner-up Avery Viveiros and second-runner-up Nicholas DosVais.
Congrats to all contestants who did precisely what I, as the 2005 Mr. Westport, advised them to do before taking the stage: Have fun.
I'm looking forward to next year and many years to come as the Mr. Westport tradition continues.