By Dana Bahrawy
Mr. Stonehill is a tradition unlike any other on campus, and this year eleven competitors got the chance to walk away with the all-important crown.
Hosted by the Senior Events Committee, this was the fifteenth annual event. It took place in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex in front of a crowd of about 900 people.
Eleven contestants, including nine seniors, competed in swimsuit and formal wear portions in addition to displaying their personal talents to help their chances at being named Mr. Stonehill.
Seniors competing for the crown were Xavier Dixon, Bryan Bosworth, Winslow Cilfone, Tim Culverhouse, James Dunn, Brendan Murray, Ryan McCormick, Burke Oppenheim and Matt Tardiff. Matt Smith was the lone junior and Brian Gavin was the only first year.
Dixon ended up taking the crown after he performed a tribute to the Jabbawockeez, a popular dance group.
Murray gave his own “Top 10” list of ways you know you’re a Stonehill student. Culverhouse presented his own version of the popular comedy show Tosh.0, calling it Hill.0.
Bosworth showed off a Spanish dance he learned while studying abroad. Oppenheim performed the Internet sensation “What does the fox say?” with backup help from Surround Sound.
Cilfone, Smith and Tardiff were the musical talents of the competition, both singing and playing instruments. Cilfone sang, “Heartbeat” by The Fray while Smith sang, “Best I Ever Had” by Gavin DeGraw. Tardiff created a medley of different theme songs on the piano while McCormick presented an interpretive dance.
Gavin acted out his favorite scene from the movie “The Notebook.”
Dunn, who won Best Talent, fast-rapped “Sox on Fox” by Dr. Suess.
McCormick won the Best Formal Wear award, Cilfone won the People’s Choice award, Dixon won Best Swimwear and Oppenheim won Mr.Congeniality, which is voted on by the contestants. Matt Smith was named runner-up.