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Forest Grove High junior wins 'Mr. Viking' title at annual pageant

COURTESY PHOTO - Contestants, emcees and 'Mr. Viking' pageant coordinator Megan Brown pause for a photograph Wednesday evening during the festivities at Forest Grove High School.Phillip Thompson-Aue won the coveted “Mr. Viking” title during a pageant sprinkled with singing, instrumentalization, artistry and laughter at Forest Grove High School Wednesday night.

Thompson-Aue, a junior, also was given the “Mr. Moneybags” moniker for raising the most money for the Children's Cancer Association in honor of the late Shannon Strickland, who would have graduated with the FGHS Class of 2015 this June.

She passed away in 2013.

COURTESY PHOTO - Abel Mandujano sings in the talent portion of Wednesday's Mr. Viking Pageant at Forest Grove High School.The pageant raised $1,557.23 for the Portland nonprofit CCA through ticket and concession sales, money the male students raised by carrying donation buckets through the high school's hallways over the last two weeks and a "Money Minute" held during the pageant.

Senior Megan Brown organized the pageant and talent show.

Kurt VanDyke was named “Mr. Congeniality,” a title voted on by others in the annual competition.

Brown gave Abel Mandujano a special “MVP” award for helping her in myriad ways in the months leading up to the pageant.

Former “Mr. Viking” title holders Seth Berdahl and Jordan Panganiban served as masters of ceremony. Social studies teacher Laura Lewis introduced the 11 contestants during the formal wear competition and question-and-answer portions of the show.

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