By Liam Dacko
Mr. Stonehill is going viral this year. In a recent announcement sent to students via email, the Senior Events Committee revealed it would be holding a social media competition to select judges for the event, to be held Dec. 6.
“We wanted people to be aware of the event and get excited about it, so we figured by having a social media contest it would be a good way to get people involved,” said Jessica Mayotte, Senior Events Committee chair.
To enter the drawing, students must follow the Mr. Stonehill accounts on Twitter (@Mr_Stonehill) and Instagram (Mr.Stonehill). They must also take a picture with one of the Mr. Stonehill contestants or a contestant poster, post it online and tag either account. Participants will receive one entry for each tagged photo. The deadline for entry is Nov. 21.
Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Programming Chair Victoria Kane said holding the social media competition is a great way to spread the word about Mr. Stonehill in lieu of mass emails. This past year, Stonehill College administrators chose to take away students’ ability to communicate via listserv.
“Without listservs, and this goes across the board for most clubs, we are trying to take advantage of different outlets to communicate to the whole student body,” Kane said. Mayotte and Kane said they have received several competition submissions so far. Mayotte expects submissions to increase after the contestant posters are released this week.
The Senior Events Committee is also making a number of other preparations for Mr. Stonehill.
Every week, members of the committee meet with the contestants for two hours to practice for the show.
“The dance club officers are choreographing a routine for them to do during the show. We’ve been filming for the videos. We’ve been very productive,” Mayotte said.
The contestants for this year’s show include the following students: Billy Benson, Tom Darcy, Brian Gavin, Austin Alfredson, Kevin Hotaling, Jose Paz, Matt Smith, Mike Thomas, and Tom Wood. The contestants are currently working to incorporate this year’s Disney theme into their acts.
SGA and the Senior Events Committee are hoping for a large turn out this year.
“It’s usually packed every year,” Kane said. “It’s one of the bigger events that Senior Events Committee has for the entire school.”
Mayotte said the Senior Events Committee plans to donate a portion of the event’s ticket sales.
“We’re going to set aside $200 of our ticket sales to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice. That will be announced at the end of the show,” she said.
The event will he Dec. 6 in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex where doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $5, go on sale Dec. 1 and can be purchased at the Info Desk.