Mr. Coronado contestants face off for charity

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By Lorin Enns

After being named “Mr. Coronado,” Tommy Orluske accepts his crown and award at Wednesday night’s pageant. Photo by Lorin Enns
After being named “Mr. Coronado,” Tommy Orluske accepts his crown and award at Wednesday night’s pageant. Photo by Lorin Enns

Contestants of the annual ‘Mr. Coronado’ pageant took to the theater stage on Wednesday, April 5 at 5 p.m. to raise money for the charity of their choice. The senior boys showed off their talents, looks, and soft sides to win the competition. Each contestant chose a charity to donate their winnings to, including Shade Tree, Safe Nest, Cancer Research Institute, and Ehlers-Danlos Society.

Judges, including Ms. Swenson and guest judge Kayla Walker from 98.5 KLUC, chose senior Tommy Orluske as this year’s Mr. Coronado, and over $1500 was donated to the Ehlers-Danlos society, a charity group dedicated to genetic diseases.

“It feels really good, just cloud nine. I felt like I would win because I raised a good amount of money compared to other people, but I thought that once the talent and everything else came into play it would be a tight race,” Orluske said.

Orluske went the extra mile and raised over $500 on his own to donate toward his foundation. His sister suffers with a genetic disease, making his efforts to collect donations even more personal.

“I was very passionate about going out and raising money. I wanted to win more so the money would go to the charity,” Orluske said.

Contenders performed various dances and talents, including yoga poses by Andrew McKinney, a cheerleading performance by Shaun Brown, Louis Shulman, and Seth Murousky, nacho making with Dylan Ziegler, and several other performances by participants throughout the pageant.

“I really wanted to be a part of Mr. Coronado because of the charity part of it. My charity is the Amputee Coalition, and my dad actually is an amputee himself, so it definitely made sense for me to try and win it for this charity,” Ziegler said.

The winner was determined through a series of tasks, including the introduction of each contestant’s escort, a pick-up line contest, dance numbers, the talent portion, and a Q&A segment.

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Lorin Enns is a sophomore. This being his first year on staff, Lorin was very excited but also very nervous to start school. He believes, however, this year will be one full of memories and great opportunities. So far, Lorin has made lots of new staff friends and continues to enjoy writing just like he has all of his life. Lorin has been playing the viola for five years and the ukulele for one year. He loves to listen to music whenever he has a chance, including bands like Twenty One Pilots, Weezer, and The Strumbellas. He is involved in theatre outside of school and is currently going into his fifth semester at Hollywood Kids Academy. One thing Lorin is most proud of is his way of being kind to others and doing service whenever it is needed.