Mr. NDA Prepares for Mr. Titletown Competition


Danielle Lippert, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Mr. NDA 2017, senior Ben Lelinski, will be participating in Mr. Titletown on Sunday, February 25, at 2:15 p.m. at the  Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

At Mr. Titletown the winners from “Mr. Man” competitions in Green Bay area high schools compete for the ultimate title of Mr. Titletown and a generous college scholarship.

Money raised at the show is divided among the participating schools for post-prom or post-graduation activities. Last year, the 10th year of the show sponsored by DuBois Formalwear, each school received $900.  Celebrity judges, including Emily Deem from Fox 11 and Miss Green Bay Area, will choose Mr. Titletown from nine “Mr. Man” winners.

“The biggest difference to me is that I won’t be competing against people I know or my friends, but I think it will be good to meet new people through this experience,” said Lelinski.

Lelinski’s introduction video at Mr. NDA was a Cinderella spin-off with his own fairy godmother, Mrs. Amy Stover; his evil step-brothers, fellow contestants Eric Weycker and Jack Flis; and an evil step-father modeled after Donald Trump. He wore a kilt, rode a lawnmower and lost a croc. It was the perfect Cinderella story with a twist of Lelinski.

Lelinski’s talent was a hit and had the whole audience laughing. He sucked helium out of a balloon while making funny voices and singing “Piano Man.” Anyone who knows Lelinski knows his talent and introduction showed who he really is as a person.

“I was out of ideas for Mr. NDA, and then this one just came to me. It seemed to be a hit, so I figured I would just add a little bit to it for Mr. Titletown,” said Lelinski.

He also wouldn’t be able to do it all without the help of his friends.

“They seemed to all have little pieces that I brought together to do what I did,” said Lelinski.

“I expect Ben to be as spectacular as he always is and to perform to the best of his heart’s ability,” said Paul Gapinski, second runner-up in Mr. NDA.

Lelinski is ready to compete in Mr. Titletown and can’t wait to see what comes of it, but says he is involved for much more than just the title.

“It’s not so much about the title but more about having the experiences and saying that I did it,” said Lelinski.

His talent will also not be the exact same as it was for Mr. NDA. He will be doing basically the same thing but is adding more to it.

“A showing of my singing, impressions and goofy personality with a twist,” said Lelinski for a sneak peek of his Mr. Titletown performance.

For juniors and sophomores who are hoping to get into Mr. NDA next year, Lelinski said, “Stay humble and don’t try too hard just to make your stuff funny; most of the times the best ideas come as a surprise.”

Several Mr. NDA winners, including Bobby Elliott, Cayman Berg and Greg Young, have become Mr. Titletown.