named "Mr. Prairie"
JD Riener impressed the crowd and the judges and was crowned Mr. Prairie, Wednesday evening, April 18 at Prairie High School. Six young men vied for the title during this very lighthearted and entertaining event. It was a close finish as the top three demonstrated the depths of their personalities along with their unique senses of style and savoir faire. The 1st runner-up came to the Prairie via the Czech Republic, he is Vit Spahnel, PHS's current foreign exchange student. He thrilled the crowd with his "James Bond" appeal in the formal wear category. 2nd runner-up, Conner Rieman, displayed consistency in all categories throughout the contest with his sincere appeal and demeanor.
Awards for the winners were graciously donated by three local businesses, The Country Haus, The Hangout and Arnzen's Drugs. Mr. Prairie was awarded a $20.00 gift certificate from the Country Haus and a crown and scepter crafted by Deanna Benton, 1st runner-up won 5 movie rentals from Arnzen's Drugs and $10.00 gift certificate from the Hangout, 2nd runner-up earned 3 movie rentals from Arnzen's Drug.
The six contestants competed in four events - Casual Wear, Beach Wear, Formal Wear and a Question Round. The top three scorers were then selected and competed in a final round which was the Interview Question.
Mr. Prairie is the third event in a series of fundraisers which will sponsor workshop fees, transportation and board/room for local high school students interested in college degrees in fashion and merchandise design. The summer workshop is offered specially for high school juniors and seniors and sponsored by the prestigious college, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California.
The Prairie High students sincerely thank the local business and school staff and administration for their own going support of these events. Special thanks also to all individuals who assisted and donated time and materials to the Mr. Prairie Competition. Thanks to Arnzen's Drugs, The Country Haus, The hangout, PHS Counselor - Mrs. Lydia Deiss, MC - Mr. Nuxoll, judges - Greg Deiss, Terri Duman, Katie Gilbert and admissions - Nancy Uptmor.
The next fundraising event is a rock concert on May 5 at Muddy Water's Cafe and Coffee House in Clarkston. Three local area young and upcoming bands will be performing.
All the contestants. From left are Chris Banning, Conner Rieman, J.D. Riener, Vit Spahnel, Zak Waller and Curt Forsmann.