Some students have been looking forward to this moment since their freshman year while others have been anxious to see what talents the boys in their grade posses. Over the years, there have been many interesting talents showcased at Mr. Spiffy High, such as reading college rejection letters, but it is time for the boys of the class of 2018 to show the school what they are really made of.
Mr. Spiffy High has been a tradition and a Distributive Education Clubs of America’s (DECA) community service project at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, ever since Marjorie Fitzgibbon started it after seeing it at another school.
“I said we could do it better, and we do,” said Fitzgibbon.
However, it is not an easy event to plan. Senior DECA officers, Paige McMorrow, Molly Pritchett and Aaron Schack are the coordinators of this year’s Mr. Spiffy High.
Some key parts of coordinating the show goes to Men’s Warehouse, who lends the contestants tuxedos for the show. Pritchett and McMorrow are also responsible for choreographing the opening and closing numbers of the show.
The show starts out with a modeling portion, where the boys are accompanied by the escort of their choice. The contestants model their tuxedos that they pick out.
Next come the talent portion of the event, where contestants show off their best hobbies and tricks. In past years, the boys have done acts that include dancing, reading faux poetry, impersonations, and dancing with a broom. A lip syncing competition follows, and then the top three boys are chosen for the final round: question and answer.
For some boys, they are most excited for the talent portion of the show, however for others, they are most excited to show off their spiffy looks.
“Wearing a tuxedo is an absolutely awesome feeling; it makes me feel like James Bond,” senior Karl Wirth said.
On the other hand, the contestants are nervous for their talent portion of the show.
“I am definitely most nervous for the talent portion because I have no talents and need people to give me ideas for my talent,” senior Tyler Daniskas said.
Each year, the proceeds of Mr. Spiffy High go to a charity of DECA’s choosing. This year, the money will go to Play It Again Sports. DECA and Mr. Spiffy High is collecting used sports equipment and is bringing it to Westchester, New York, where the equipment will be distributed to places in need. Also, any cleats or clothing donated will be given to Nike and sent to Costa Rica. The Marketing II class came up with ideas for the potential charities and chose this one and have taken on the steps to organize the donations on their own.
“I think it is important for the students to pick a charity that they are passionate about,” Fitzgibbon said.
The competition seems to be very close this year, and everyone at SPFHS should come out to see the show!
“I am excited to see what the guys have come up with, and happy to have been a part of such a fun event for such a great cause,” Pritchett said.