$1 off the ticket with a donation of non-perishable food, personal care and/or laundry items for troops overseas.
SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Practices are in full swing for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s annual Spiffy High Pageant on Friday, Dec. 6. The highly anticipated DECA event is a competition in which nine senior boys will complete in events such as suit modeling, question & answer, lip sync and talent in hopes of being the next Mr. Spiffy High.
The event is one of DECA’s key fundraisers, with all proceeds going to NJ Sharing Network, a non-profit organization that coordinates organ transplantation and saves countless lives a year.
With two weeks to go before the big night, contestants -- Kyle Isolda, Justin Williams, Aidan Maloney, Sean Vlkovic, Miles Longo, Ryan Lamberta, Robert Mahorter, Billy Kasper and Noah Samms -- have been preparing with dance rehearsals, talent practices, and even tuxedo fittings.
Dance rehearsals have been underway under the leadership of senior DECA officers Lauren Kielteka, Bella Fiore, and Devon Danielovich.
“It’s very stressful trying to get nine teenage boys to learn a dance,” Kielteka said. “They’re all at different levels; some have been dancing for years and others might as well have two left feet. We’re here to fix that as much as we can before the big night.”
Learning the opening dance number hasn’t been a cakewalk for the boys either. “Dance practices have been hilarious,” Lamberta said. “We all know we probably look ridiculous, and we’re just going to have fun with it.”
The contestants have also been preparing for their individual talent portions in addition to dance rehearsals.
“I can’t share what my talent is yet, but I can tell you it’s going to be great,” Isolda said. “ I’ve been working nonstop on it and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
The pageant couldn’t happen without the suit modeling, the most anticipated part of the event. Contestants all took a trip to Men’s Warehouse on Route 22, which is donating tuxedos to the event, to get fitted and try on some ritzy clothes.
“[Men’s Wearhouse] is a godsend.” said Marjorie FitzGibbon, said DECA advisor and event coordinator. “They patiently fitted eight goofy teenage boys after school who were playing with mannequins, trying on clothes and dancing in the aisles.”
Men’s Wearhouse has been a huge factor in the success of the event for years because of its gracious donations of tuxes to borrow.
“Since Men’s Wearhouse graciously donated nine tuxedos to the show, they allow us to raise more money for NJ Sharing Network,” FitzGibbon said.
Mr. Spiffy High takes place on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the SPFHS auditorium. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. There will be $1 off the ticket price at the door with a donation of nonperishable food items, personal care items and/or laundry items to be donated to troops overseas.