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Wholl wear the crown?

Competition - Mr. Viking contest picks the guy who most accurately represents Forest Grove High
by: Chase Allgood, Forest Grove High School seniors Sarah Cadd, Sarah Charles and Tiffany Gilley clown around while making plans for this week’s Mr. Viking contest.

As if cutting out 700 tickets in the shape of a T-shirt - by hand - wasn't enough, seniors Tiffany Gilly, Sarah Cadd and Sarah Charles still haven't finished their work.

The trio will serve as half of the judging panel for Thursday night's Mr. Viking contest at Forest Grove High School.

It took 12 hours to cut out the three-inch by three-inch tickets, said Cadd, 18, whose senior project centers on funneling the night's proceeds to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

Charles, who is this year's FGHS senior class president, joined Gilly, the ASB assistant, and Cadd in the month-long effort.

Thursday night, 10 contestants will try their best to snag the coveted title by showing off a talent - playing guitar, lip synching a song or something similar - and answering a question drawn from a hat.

Judges will include Gilly, Cadd and Charles, along with School Board chair Dawn Pratt and a teacher.

Selected from 13 applications, the contestants include freshman Kyle Warren, sophomores Daniel Kinoshita and Jaime Olaez, juniors Kevin Marble, Cameron Rutledge, Turner Smith and John Steinbach, and seniors Brandon Nussbaumer and Jonathan VanDomelen.

Last year's winner, Brooks Baumgartner, plans to be there to crown the victor.

'We're doing it because it's fun, and it reflects the spirit of our school,' explained Charles, who is 17.

It all started four years ago, when Danielle Bruno, a member of the FGHS Class of 2005, came up with the idea for the friendly competition.

'It's meant to be funny, but the title also represents what Forest Grove High is,' said Cadd.

The contestants themselves will name one of their peers Mr. Congeniality. And, a video about Doernbecher and its mission will be shown to the audience in Ellen Stevens Auditorium. The organizers hope to fill the house.

'We cut out a lot of tickets,' Gilly pointed out.

Unlike the Miss America pageant, where contestants answer serious questions, the Forest Grove boys will wax poetic about what superhero they'd be if they could be one, what they would do with a million balloons or the color their friends would say best represents them.

Looking sharp in tuxedo rentals donated by Mr. Formal in Hillsboro, the contestants will do their best to woo support from the all-female judging panel.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. They'll be available at the door.