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Joshua Axelrod Crowned Mr. Spiffy High at Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS

Finalist Tyler O'Brien shows his pearly whites. Credits: John Mooney
Finalist Sean Cheney is no stranger to the stage. Credits: John Mooney
Finalist Jashmar Philippe flashes his million dollar smile. Credits: John Mooney
Julian Korduba: Man in Black Credits: John Mooney
Dan Dawson on the didgeridoo Credits: John Mooney
Jake Longo shows his dance moves. Credits: John Mooney
Raider Nation leader Josh Widman looks dapper in blue Credits: John Mooney
Giancarlo Lorusso Credits: John Mooney
George Ramos answers an interview question Credits: John Mooney
Sagu Patel is escorted across the stage Credits: John Mooney
Joey Buttigheri waves to the crowd. Credits: John Mooney
Sean Cheney answers a trivia question Credits: John Mooney
Tyler O'Brien Whipped and Nae Nae'd during the talent portion of the evening. Credits: John Mooney
Tyler O'Brien during the interview portion of the show. Credits: John Mooney
Josh Axelrod answers a trivia question. Credits: John Mooney
Mr. Spiffy High 2015 Josh Axelrod Credits: John Mooney
Four finalists in the trivia contest. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood senior (and frequent TAPintoSPF contributor) Josh Axelrod earned the high honor of Mr. Spiffy High during a spirited contest on Friday, Dec. 11.

Axelrod, looking dapper in his white tuxedo, hit the high notes in the talent competition by singing an original song about his dreams of becoming Mr. Spiffy High. He will next take bows on the stage of the SPFHS auditorium as Mr. Nick Cricker in the school's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Friends, family, and faculty filled most of the 740 seats of the SPFHS auditorium to see a dozen seniors vie for the revered title. The competition included a fashion show in which the contestants strutted their stuff, a talent show, and an SPFHS trivia contest. During the talent segment of the evening:

  • Jake Longo showed off his dance moves
  • Dan Dawson played the didgeridoo
  • Julian Korduba presented his version of the disco classic, I Will Survive 
  • Tyler O'Brien transformed from Eddie Van Halen to Silento (Whip/ Nae Nae)
  • Sean Cheney sang about his Shiny Teeth
  • Joey Buttigheri did card tricks
  • Jashmar Philippe & co did a series of wild flips
  • Giancarlo Lorusso performed The Foundations' 1960s classic Build Me Up Buttercup 
  • Josh Widman and two back-up singers channeled Beyoncé's All The Single Ladies
  • Josh Axelrod performed an original Mr. Spiffy High song
  • George Ramos interpreted Sia's hit, Chandelier
  • Sagu Patel was a  blue cheerleader.

The show was presented by SPFHS DECA. Proceeds from the evening went to the Plainfield Area Humane Society, 75 Rock Ave., Plainfield. Sponsors of the event included Apple Blossom Florist and Men's Wearhouse.

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