Mr. Magi Pageant sounds like it could catch on

Minot High School students are borrowing an idea for a fundraiser that has proven successful in other parts of the state.

The Mr. Magi Pageant sounds like fun and seems to have great potential. Perhaps it will become an annual event – especially if students, parents and the general public take notice and get involved.

The Mr. Magi Pageant will take place May 1 at the Magic City Campus theater, starting at 7 p.m.

Here is how it works. Extracurricular activities groups – 24 in all – were given the opportunity to nominate a contestant.

Contestants will take part in two to four sections depending on how far they make it. All 24 pageant contestants will show their stuff in the evening wear and swimsuit portions. The top 10 contestants will then move on to the talent and interview portions.

Contestants will be judged based on their involvement in the school and community and on the creativity of their performances.

The winner will be crowned Mr. Magi and his chosen nonprofit will receive 50 percent of proceeds donated. The rest will go to the Minot High Student Council for their convention next year.

“The point of this pageant is to promote student involvement in the community and we would appreciate it if the community would help our students make a difference in the community,” said Becca Boen, who is running the pageant. Admission to the event is $5.

Nonprofits chosen include familiar names such as Domestic Violence Center, Dakota Hope Clinic, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Souris Valley Animal Shelter, DreamCatchers, Prairie Grit, Backpack Buddies – all good causes in need of ongoing financial support.

That’s it. Simple. Unless, maybe, you are one of the guys who will be putting on a sash and competing to be Mr. Magi. Just like the girls, it takes some confidence and courage to get on stage in front of a crowd. Congratulations to all of the contestants – you’re all winners already.