CLARK, NJ – An all time favorite event made a return to Arthur L. Johnson High School on Friday, May 11. The Mr. ALJ contest was hosted by the Student Council as a fundraiser with Michael Vena and Kayla Dias as the masters of ceremony.
The Mr. ALJ contestants were junior Danny Laucik, junior Sebastian Iakouchevitch, senior Tyler Moreira, senior George Visconti, and senior Tyler Bohm.
During the show, contestants competed in evening wear, sportswear, spring wear, talent and a question and answer categories. The judges for Mr. ALJ were Mr. Silber, Mr. Reyes, Mrs. Nemeth and Mrs. Jacobi.
Tyler Moreira signed up because he said it seemed like a fun time and that he wanted to be Ms. America and that he must start somewhere.
While preparing for the talent portion, the boys practiced after school to make sure that everything would be perfect for their performances. On Pageant Day, the nerves were evident backstage. From the Student Council crew to the actual contestants, everybody wanted to make sure that the night was memorable.
As the evening began, the seats in the auditorium were filled with students and Clark residents alike. Admission was five dollars, and baked goods and raffles were being sold.
Contestants competed in formal wear and athletics, and then showed off their individual talents. Each candidate showed their gifts including magic, karate and art.
After all of the laughs it was time for the difficult interview questions. The questions ranged from, “What classes do you want added?” to “What hashtag should Mr. Bucior use in his next tweet?” The questions had some boys stumbling, while others prevailed.
Once the votes were tallied, it was time to crown the next Mr. ALJ. With the help of Michael Bernardo, a Mr. ALJ’s runner-up in 2012, the winners were announced.
The first runner up of the contest was Junior Sebastian Iakouchevitch. “I was really bummed about the loss but I will definitely be back next year, “said Iakouchevitch.
ALJ senior Tyler Bohm was crowned the winner of the 2018 Mr. ALJ contest. “I was completely caught off guard when they called my name because I never thought I could win, I was just doing it for fun,” said Bohm.
“Student Council is very pleased to bring back a long awaited event and run it so smoothly, said Ms. Wronski who is an advisor to the ALJ Student Council advisor with colleague Mr. Raguseo.
Wronski said she hopes that starting Mr. ALJ again will bring more school spirit.
Editor's Note: Jacqui Porcelli and Nina DiProfio are Arthur J. Johnson High School students and members of the Crusader Today-ALJ Student News which is solely responsible for this content.