Charitable man of the moment: Mr. Timberwolf is crowned
Contestants sang, danced and laughed their way through the fourth annual Mr. Timberwolf pageant held in the Northwood theater on March 17.
Mr. Timberwolf is a school-wide event in which nominated male seniors showcase their talents and compete over the opportunity to raise money for a charity of choice. Winners were chosen through a combination of the popular vote and judge evaluations for their performances during each round of the night.
At the night’s close, senior Matthew Liu was crowned Mr. Timberwolf. Liu chose to donate his $1390 award to the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization (NAMI).
“This win was really unexpected,” Liu said. “I chose NAMI specifically because I am president of the SMILE Club here on campus.”
The pageant featured 11 other contestants, including seniors Koby Park (runner-up), Chris Buting, Michael Bellas, Jake Shapiro, Kevin Zhou, Bryce Edstrom, Ben Langdon, Will Chinn and Jake Gao.
“I thought it was a great way to have fun and give to charity,” Shapiro said. “My favorite part was how the audience reacted to everyone’s acts. There’s nothing like a good setup and a well-deserved payoff.”
The night opened with a group dance featuring all 12 contestants. Their performance was choreographed to a medley of modern hits such as “All the Single Ladies,” “Hit the Quan” and “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney movie “Moana.”
The Talent Round consisted of separate talent performances by each contestant showcasing unique abilities such as dramatic reading, karate or magic tricks. Liu and Park dressed up as the Barden Bellas, an a capella group from the movie “Pitch Perfect,” and performed a dance choreographed to “Bellas Regionals: The Sign/Eternal Flame/Turn The Beat Around.”
On-stage appearances concluded with the Question Round, in which each contestant was called to answer two questions about personal aspects such as their childhood aspirations and favorite season(s) of the year.
“I haven’t laughed so hard in awhile,” senior Carolyn Hu said. “Northwood has some truly unique talents among the senior boys—some more unconventional than others. It was really cool that so many people showed up and that all proceeds went to a charitable cause.”
Other segments of the Mr. Timberwolf pageant included the Baby Video and the Recap Video, during which contestants were shown practicing their dances or performances and offering predictions for the night’s results.
Mr. Timberwolf was hosted by junior Erin Matsutsuyu and senior Gabby DellaMaggiore, while judges for the night included Northwood teachers Bryan Hoang, John Olivares, Emily Renner and Cameron Wroe, as well as Hoang’s daughter Mackenzie Hoang. The event was organized by Activities Director Zeff Dena, Activities Clerk Sue Weatherholt and ASB.
“Being a host with Gabby was very fun,” Matsutsuyu said. “Although coordinating 12 boys was a struggle, I definitely believe Mr. Timberwolf was a huge success.”