Blake Eason won Mr. Northside on Thursday evening in the annual competition that dates back to the ‘60s.
Brian Barnett, the drama director for Northside High School who oversees the competition, said Mr. Northside changed dramatically about 10 years ago.
“It used to be an assembly in the gym,” said Barnett. “But with the requirements about testing and in class instruction, we just couldn’t take the time away from the classroom anymore. It was either not have it, make it a popularity contest or change the format. So we went to a nighttime competition in the theater to avoid conflicts with stuff at school. The first year it was in the theater was 2006.”
When the competition was moved to the theater, the format was changed to include talent. Also “Contest Cuties” were added -- female students who are assigned to the male contestants and assist them with their talent and costumes.
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Blake is the senior class vice president and a member of the Senior Executive Board. He belongs to JOOI and has participated in drama productions at the school. He plans on studying early childhood education at Columbus State University in the fall.
Alex Oakley was first runner-up, Sergio Alcantar was second runner-up, William Crouch was third runner-up and Kelvin Clark was fourth runner-up.
All are seniors. Only seniors can compete in Mr. Northside.
The competition included application, interview, talent, informal wear and question on the stage.