My next stop was back home in San Bernardino at the Mr Cardinal City Pageant. When I decided to go to this pageant I had no clue what I was in store for and had never heard of this pageant before. Well it turns out that this pageant is for the students at San Bernardino High School. There is a pageant for the boys and the girls and this just happened to be the night for the young men. The winner and his court represent their high school as the face of San Bernardino High. They also represent the city at various events and do community service, while serving as role models. The winners even now receive a cash scholarship. Well let me tell you that this is the first time I have been to pageant of this kind ever (all men only) and I was very impressed. Being that I work as a juvenile probation officer I come into contact with many young men on the opposite side of the "achievement" spectrum so it is a pleasure to see so many with very respectable goals and aspirations, with the GPA's to back them up. The guys competed on stage in sportswear (bravo to the contestant that wore his marching band uniform, it is very much a sport in my book), formal wear and onstage question. Also their activities, accomplishments and GPA's were highlighted as well. There was also a ton of pageant queens and kings in attendance.
My favorite contestant was 1st runner-up Pierre Morris. He wore a football uniform for sportswear, wants to be a surgeon and has a 4.4 GPA. He blew me away with his onstage question answer where he discussed his career ambitions and opening a pro bono medical clinic so he can provide medical services for those who cant afford to pay for them, and how the less fortunate are people too and they have needs. But ultimately the title went to Gustavo Alvarez who was asked about president Obama and how he is doing with his presidency. Gus went on to discuss several relevant issues including immigration. WOW I forgot for a minute that these guys are just teenagers.
I think the best part of the evening was the opening number. These guys practiced everyday at school for 12 weeks and they looked great on stage with their men in black routine. I think they did a better job than I have seen some of the ladies do at pageants past. They even entered the theater from the back with some handing out flowers and some fake money to all the ladies. It was a riot and all the young ladies in the room were screaming as if they were pre-teen's at a Justin Bieber concert.
Here we are with Dar'rell Jones he was 1st runner-up to Mr Cardinal 2010
There was so many visiting royalty that we couldn't all fit on the picture so here I am in part 1
Here is part 2 and my favorite Pierre is standing in the center