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Mr. Spiffy High Raises $ for Cancer Stricken SPFHS Alum

Mr. Spiffy High Billy Wilkins and Jake Wustefeld Credits: John Mooney
Four finalists of the Mr. Spiffy High contest Credits: John Mooney
Backstreet Boy Dan Lopez Credits: John Mooney
Emendo was a crowd favorite Credits: John Mooney
"Zach Simmons" works it. Credits: John Mooney
Garret Zito and his escort Credits: John Mooney
Billy Wilkins performed an original song Credits: John Mooney
All Tyler Dencker wants for Christmas is you Credits: John Mooney
Pre-event trash talk Credits: John Mooney
Spiffy Santa hats   Credits: John Mooney
Spiffy contestants strut their stuff Credits: John Mooney
Each Mr. Spiffey contestant had a beautiful escort Credits: John Mooney
Spiffy dancers Credits: John Mooney
The crowd heard Kevin Maxwell roar Credits: John Mooney
Emendo Thomas escorted across the stage Credits: John Mooney
Inspired by "Frozen," Garret Zito let it go. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Ten of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's most eligible bachelors strutted their stuff for a great cause in the annual Mr. Spiffy High contest on Friday night, but only one -- Billy Wilkins -- walked away with the crown and sceptor as Mr. Spiffy.

The ten participants -- all seniors -- were: Dan Babis, Tyler Dencker, Brian Howard, Zach Lipshitz, Dan Lopez, Kevin Maxwell, Alec Rola, Emendo Thomas, Billy Wilkins, and Garrett Zito. The contest featured tuxedo modeling, a brief Q&A session, talent competition, and SPFHS trivia knowledge. 

During the talent portion of the evening:
  • Dan Babis did a bubble dance
  • Tyler Dencker performed the holiday classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
  • Brian Howard demonstrated why he chose soccer over a career in music
  • Zach Lipshitz showed Richard Simmons how to work out
  • Dan Lopez gave a performance that might earn him a spot in a boy band
  • Kevin Maxwell roared
  • Alec Rola chilled to "Ice, Ice Baby"
  • Emendo Thomas sang "My Girl" (and made his girls scream)
  • Billy Wilkins played an original song, and
  • Garret Zito let it go.
Lipschitz, Maxwell, Thomas, and Wilkins advanced to the final round, a trivia contest. In the end, Billy Wilkins was crowned Mr. Spiffy!
Organized by Marjorie FitzGibbon, DECA advisor and marketing teacher at SPFHS, the event helped raise funds for 2014 graduate Jake Wustefeld, who is battling a rare form of cancer that requires treatments at the National Institute of Health (NIH)  in Bethesda, MD.

"This was an amazing event," said Jake's mom, Marla Salz. "The students have been so supportive. It took Jake's illness for us to find out how incredibly supportive the people of this community can be. We're so thankful."

"We have a lot of great personalities involved in the contest tonight, and the fact that the students know who the proceeds will benefit resulted in a record turnout," said Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School principal Dr. David Heisey. "People came out because they felt a personal connection with Jake. I'm proud of all of them."

To see pictures from the Mr. Spiffy competition, click the slideshow.

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