Brandon “Bubba” Beyer was crowned Mr. Vineland on Thursday in the 26th annual competition before a large, animated crowd in the auditorium of VHS South.
Beyer, the son of Kristina and Raymond Beyer, was one of 12 candidates selected by senior girls to vie for the prestigious title. He is a member of the Vineland High School Varsity Baseball team, and outside of school, he is involved in lifeguarding at the YMCA and Dolphin Swim Club, and spending his free time on the lake fishing. After graduation, Bubba plans on getting a degree in nursing at Widener University.
Beyer, Mr. March in the contest, received his crown and sash from last year’s winner – also Mr. March – Isaih Pacheco. Pacheco, a freshman this year at Rutgers University, already has a successful football season behind him, playing in all 12 games, ranking sixth among Big Ten freshman with 45.9 rushing yards per game, and became the title holder for the longest rush by a freshman in program history and longest offensive play by RU all season.
Each contestant was scored in the following areas: casual attire, talent, and formal attire. The field was then narrowed down to five finalists, who answered the final question posed by veteran host Charles Gaudio.
Beyer offered an affectionate response during the question-and-answer portion of the competition, naming the Mr. Vineland competition as his favorite high school memory.
First runner-up was Kollin Fleeks, Mr. June. If for some reason Beyer is unable to fulfill his duties as Mr. Vineland, Fleeks will assume that post. Second runner-up was Tyler Kimmel, Mr. November. Third runner-up was Mr. August, Maykon Hernandez, and fourth was Trey Luciano, Mr. May.
The other contestants included Vedant Patel, Tanner Bushman, Lucas Portadin, Isaac Rodriguez, Colby Martinez, Curtis Riggins, and Camron Stahl.
Also livening up the evening were a variety of performances from fellow classmates. During wardrobe changes and the tallying of scores, the audience was treated to singing, dancing, and instrumental acts.
Judges were: Stephanie Engle, social worker; Joseph Marcello, Special Education teacher at VHS and advisor for the Polaris Players and Cap ‘n’ Dagger Club; Dion L. Colvin, from the Vineland Police Department and first runner up, Mr. Vineland 1999; Tiffany Magolda, Child Study Team member; and Cedric Holmes, Board of Education member. Scores were tabulated by Scott Musterel and David Hart of the Vineland Public Schools Finance Department.
Funds raised from ticket sales and calendars with photos of each contestant sold at the pageant, will be used to help pay for the senior prom.
Former Mayor Ruben Bermudez, owner of Juvante Formal Wear, was publicly thanked by Gaudio for providing the tuxedos worn by the contestants each year of the pageant without charge.
The program was videotaped by VPS TV and will air on Comcast Channel 9 and Verizon FIOS Channel 41 this weekend.
Please click the following link for a gallery of photos from the event: