Mott/Regent Future Business Leaders of America host Mr. Wildfire

Ideas created outside of the box, sometimes yield better results than ones created inside of the box. That’s exactly what the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student group of Mott/Regent were thinking when brainstorming fundraising ideas.

(Left to Right) Carter Honeyman, Travis Anderson and Brodie Ambers stand as they wait for their fellow contestants to finish showing their swimsuit. Mr. Wildfire was hosted by the FBLA as a fundraiser to send them to the a national convention in Minneapolis.
(Left to Right) Carter Honeyman, Travis Anderson and Brodie Ambers stand as they wait for their fellow contestants to finish showing their swimsuit. Mr. Wildfire was hosted by the FBLA as a fundraiser to send them to the a national convention in Minneapolis.

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

Ideas created outside of the box, sometimes yield better results than ones created inside of the box. That’s exactly what the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student group of Mott/Regent were thinking when brainstorming fundraising ideas.

Looking for a different option than your typical bake sale, the group decided to put on a man pageant among the male students of Mott/Regent.

Mr. Wildfire was held in the Mott/Regent school gymnasium at 7 p.m. on Oct. 24.

The school has been without an FBLA chapter for quite sometime, and when Adam Hill was hired as Principal, he wanted to revive the program.

Mrs. Yvonne Roth has been advising the group since August. Roth has three years of previous experience, advising the FBLA group while she was working in Elgin.

Since the group is new, their bank account is low. So they wanted to fundraise.

Some of the fundraising avenues discussed included a Haunted Hallway, or a Halloween Carnival.

“We were looking for ideas at our FBLA meeting,” Roth said.

But after the group looked into these ventures, they figured it wouldn’t be lucrative after all the expenses and time it would take to see those events through.

Since the school has started to focus on healthier living, programs have been limited on fundraising activities that involve candy or other sweets.

“We didn’t want to go with a bake sale, or candy bars, or something like that,” Roth said.

According to Roth it was Alicia Billock who approached her with the idea of a ‘man pageant.’

After getting approval from Roth, Billock ran with the idea.

“She organized a committee, and planned it all out,” Roth said.

According to Roth, Billock delegated everything, and got the whole group working together, from making posters to deciding on the judging criteria.

“The students just really took the initiative and really made it what it was. They did all the decorating, all the organizing of the event,” Roth said. “I was just there as an advisor and they did all the rest.”

The funds raised from Mr. Wildfire will serve a greater purpose than filling their activity budget.

Their goal is to make it to Minneapolis, Minn., so they can attend a national FBLA conference.

The group already has attended a state conference in Bismarck earlier this month, and they want to continue to learn through this organization.

Roth said the school administration was in support of the event.

“The administration was behind us 100%, because they’re really happy to get FBLA back in Mott/Regent,” Roth said.

Participating in the Mr. Wildfire pageant were eight students that included Brodie Ambers, Dylan Ambers, Travis Anderson, Sean Hertz, Carter Honeyman, Dane Kruger, Brett Messmer and Dalton Schaefer.

The contestants volunteered to be in the competition. Though the group wanted to have 15 contestants, they were really happy with the eight that participated.

The eight gentlemen participated in five different events; introductions, swim wear, talent, formal wear and an interview session.

As the competition went on the humor of the group just showed the enthusiasm the students participating had.

The talents displayed included a shoe-tying demonstration, poetry reading (Dane Kruger recited Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice, Ice, Baby’ in prose dialogue), and impersonations.

After each event the contestants faced elimination.

By the time it got to the fifth, and final round, there were three left. Brodie Ambers, Dane Kruger and Brett Messmer.

Dane Kruger was picked as Mr. Wildfire.

Judging the competition was a group of teachers and administrators that included Roth, Heather Hertz, Adam Hill and Michelle Hornseth.

Roth said it was Kruger’s quick thinking and comedic responses that set him above Ambers and Messmer during the interviews.

“I think that’s what kind of clinched it for the judges  was just his responses to the interview questions and his quick thinking,” Roth said.

Most FBLA members were in attendance, but some were unable to make the event, though that didn’t mean they didn’t help. According to Roth, they had participation from everyone in the group.

“We had 100% participation, we got everybody involved in some stage of the pageant,” Roth said.

She even had some students that aren’t a part of FBLA help out or volunteer.

When asked if she could see that attracting more members she said “I do, because they saw how much fun the FBLA members had.”

Though there is plenty of fun, Roth said the FBLA members work plenty hard.

The work they put in at meetings, business classes and leadership conventions all goes towards the state convention in late spring.

Students learn different aspects of the business realm and take that knowledge and put it against other students in the state.

“The students can prove what they’ve learned all year long,” Roth said.

So what’s next for the Mott/Regent FBLA?

The group quickly regrouped and already started planning a dance on Halloween, another attempt at raising money to get to Minneapolis.

“If it’s anything like what they did with Mr. Wildfire, I have got full confidence that they’ll be able to do it,” Roth said.

And as far as Mr. Wildfire is concerned, will there be another ‘man pageant’ in the future?

“The students are already talking about it,” Roth said. “I’m guessing it’s probably in the works for next year.”

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