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Toledo crowns Pascal House as 'Mr. T'

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Toledo High School Senior Pascal House celebrates being crowned Mr. T March 12, adorned with a large "T" necklace and rubber mohawk.

In a crowd-pleasing annual tradition, Toledo High School senior Pascal House was crowed "Mr. T" during a mock beauty pageant on March 12.

Begun in 2010 by theater instructor Ron Gaul, the title of Mr. T is available to senior boys who believe they can best woo the judges with their charisma, talents and hopes for the future.

But it’s all a sham, explained Gaul, and just an opportunity for outgoing students to yuk it up for the audience. He said the original idea was sparked through his wife’s history of participation in beauty pageants, including the title of Miss Lewis County in 1990.

Entered this year were nine students ranging from athletes to scholars to artists, who displayed talents including dancing, impressions, ballet and magic.

After an evening of performances and pratfalls, it was time to crown a winner, and Judges Martin Huffman (High School Principal), Colby Boone (Mr. T 2013), and Julia Gaul (Miss Lewis County 1990) chose Contestant Number 7: House.

Huffman remarked the winner had been "Too close to call, but we called it."

Named as runner up was Sam Tauscher, who will fulfill the "duties" of Mr. T if House is unable to do so for whatever reason.

Thanked for their support were the hostesses, a group of senior girls each assigned a Mr. T participant to act as their coach, make-up artist, costume designer, etc., leading up to and during the competition. It was said the event would not be possible without them.

Candidates for Mr. T perform one last number before the winner is announced. Appearing left to right is Kreed Askin, Jacob Andrews, Kodi Cline, Zack Debo, Dylan Vaughn, Chris Gove, Pascal House, San Tauscher and John Paul Jones.

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