Junior Owen Brummel Crowned Mr. NDA XXIII


Staff Writer, Journalism

A seemingly stunned Owen Brummel went home Saturday night as Mr. NDA XXIII.

The junior captured the coveted crown with his creativity–musical as well as artistic–and followed in the footsteps of his older brother Brummel, who also won the crown as a junior.

The popular show, renamed The Academy Awards, included two senior girls among the 15 contestants, and one of the two, senior Katherine Zeise, finished as first runner-up to Brummel.  Second runner-up was junior Riley Onell, who capitalized on his hockey skating skills in his intro and talent routine.

Senior Fuzz French, first runner-up last year, was voted Mr. Congeniality by his fellow contestants and tech crew members.

Principal Patrick Browne enjoyed his first Mr. NDA experience.  “As a first-time attendee, I can honestly attest to how wonderfully creative as well as community building the evening was.  I laughed more last night than in the previous eleven months combined.”

“The real salute should go to the student body for their selection of our 15 contestants,” said adviser Carolyn Brown.  “These guys and gals gave us a very different show with so much creativity. Everyone had to be impressed with their ideas and their hard work.  It all paid off in the end.”

Frau Jen Laaksonen, head of Student Government and the leading adviser working on  the show, said, “I always hate this day–the day after the show–as I know it is done for the year.  Seeing all those young people coming from different groups in the school working together and doing their very best to build a great show–that is why we advisers do this.”

Over and over again contestants shared their gratitude in a group text message. Basically, they all said the same thing:  “Thank you, everyone. It was the highlight of my high school career.”