The Mr. Falcon Pageant is less than a week away, contestants have been preparing for this huge senior event since October. The ladies and gentlemen of this event will be raising money for the Operation Smile foundation. The pageant will be held on Feb. 7 in the Fine Arts Center. 

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. the night of the event, and the contest will start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $5, and can be purchased from any of the contestants or ambassadors. So that other students may spot them, the ladies and gentlemen involved in Mr. Falcon will carry around buckets the week of the event to collect donations and sell tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, but have been known to sell out rather quickly.

All proceeds raised will go to Operation Smile which is an organization that grants children facial reconstruction surgeries to fix cleft lip and cleft palate abnormalities. The contestant to raise the most money for Operation Smile will win “Falcon Favorite” and “Miss Congeniality” and will receive a free prom ticket. While the senior contestant who wins the competition will receive a free tux rental from Men’s Warehouse for prom, and a free prom ticket.

The competing senior boys are partnered with senior ladies, known as ambassadors. The ambassadors’ job is to hype up the crowd, and make the contestant they are partnered with excel in each category the boys are competing in. As an introduction into the night’s events, the pairs will do a handshake or a little dance to greet the audience. 

Besides prom and graduation, Mr. Falcon is the biggest senior event of the year. It is a comedic event where nominated senior boys perform in three rounds of competition to resemble a real ‘beauty’ pageant. The three rounds are evening wear, athletic wear, and talent.

During the evening wear portion of the show, the contestants will be dressed to the best in suits and tuxes with their ambassadors on their arms. For the athletic wear event, the contestants have the freedom to wear any outfit that represents a hobby in their life or something they like. Finally, for the talent portion, anything goes. The contestants will be able to perform anything from dance routines to stand up comedy.

The emcees for the this night’s event are Senior Class Vice President Erica Seay and Senior Class Parliamentarian Elyce Ankomah.

The contestants and their ambassadors for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as a short biography, and the order in which they will perform are as follows:

Robert Nunley – Robert Nunley is a contestant who has eight sisters and one brother, enjoys rebuilding cars, going to car shows, and fishing. He loves traveling, visiting national monuments, and hiking. After high school, Nunley plans on joining the United States Marine Corps.

Monica Mendoza – Monica Mendoza is an ambassador and is currently the Senior Class Secretary for the Class of 2020. She is also the varsity tennis team captain, a member of National Honor Society (NHS), as well as an executive board member of student council. Mendoza is also apart of green cord, and is the organizer for the Nest Twitter. Mendoza hopes to have a career in the healthcare field when she grows up, and is in the Patient Care Tech (PCT) program at KCAL in the meantime.

“I am so excited to be apart of Mr. Falcon this year and I truly love our class,” Mendoza said. “I’m excited to contribute to making such a fun senior year memory.”

Brock Allbritton – Brock Allbritton is a contestant for Mr. Falcon who loves to hangout with his friends and family, and enjoys working out. He also likes listening to music and watching movies–except for scary ones. He will be attending Blinn Community College in the Fall, and hopes to attend Texas A&M in the following years.

Sydnee Jones – Sydnee Jones is an ambassador and is currently a Falcon Theatre Officer. Jones is also apart of the PCT program at KCAL and hopes to become a NICU nurse one day.

“I think the Mr. Falcon Pageant will be such a fun experience, and I love that all the money goes to a great cause,” Jones said. “I cannot wait to see what all the guys put on and I truly think it will be such a fun night and memorable part of my senior year experience.”

Gehrig Gil – Gehrig Gil is a contestant who is 18 years old, and is a dog person. He also is one of the captains of the football team, and is an undefeated Spike Ball Champion. Fun fact about Gil: he has three pins in his hip.

“You should definitely come out to Mr. Falcon talent show to see all the great contestants show out for y’all,” Gil said.

Gentry Lamberth – Gentry Lamberth is an ambassador for Mr. Falcon this year and is a drum major, as well as a clarinet player for the band. Additionally, Lamberth is apart of NHS. In the fall, Lamberth will be attending Abilene Christian University and majoring in Biology. Lamberth is excited for the pageant this year “because it’s for an amazing charitable cause and it’s so much fun to be a part of.”

Grayson Thanisch– Grayson Thanisch is a contestant and is very involved in Student Council, and enjoys volunteering. Thansich is actually the Senior Class President and likes to spend time with his friends and, if he gets the chance, sleep. Thansich plans to go to college and major in pre-medicine, and dreams to become a cardio thoracic surgeon.

“Mr. Falcon has been such an awesome opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and have fun while raising money for a good organization,” Thansich said. “I hope that everyone enjoys Mr. Falcon as much as I’ve enjoyed being apart of it.”

Kaylee Billstone – Kaylee Billstone is an ambassador for the pageant, and is the president of NHS. Billstone is also involved in the Spanish program, and has played on the varsity tennis team during all four years of her high school career. She will be attending the University of Texas at Austin this upcoming fall, and will be majoring in Biochemistry.

“As sad as I am to see high school nearing an end, I could not be more excited for Mr. Falcon,” Billstone said. “I already know it will be one of the best last memories of high school.”

Xavier Bailey – Xavier Bailey is a contestant and is the choir president. Bailey is a singer, and plans to study music education in college in hopes of being a college choir director someday. Besides his love of music, Bailey enjoys playing video games and watching Netflix. He is excited for Mr. Falcon because he can have fun while being able to raise money for a good cause.

Claire Hill – Claire Hill is an ambassador and involved in choir as the vice president of the program. She also participates in NHS and works in the kids ministry at her church. After high school, Hill plans to attend Baylor University and major in pre-neuroscience. Hill is excited to participate in Mr. Falcon to spend time with friends and ultimately raise money for a great cause.

Ian Smith – Ian Smith is a contestant and the president of the debate team. He has the honor of being the first ever high school engineering apprentice in the state of Texas. Smith is an engineer and creator, and plans to go to college to study business and engineering and hopes to someday be in charge. Besides that, Smith likes to play video games and hang out with his friends.

“I am excited for Mr. Falcon mostly because it lets me get up on stage and have fun with my friends while also helping to raise money for a great cause,” Smith said.

Brielle Mitchell – Brielle Mitchell is an ambassador who is involved in choir, tennis, debate and a couple of clubs. Mitchell is thrilled to be doing Mr. Falcon because it brings the school together to support a good cause.

“Cleft palate is something that I have seen before but never knew there was a sector of charity dedicated to helping pay for the surgeries of those living with it,” Mitchell said. “I think it is really great that Timber Creek found this specific organization and is working so hard to make sure that students are able to participate in raising funds while still doing something enjoyable.”

Ethan John – Ethan John is a contestant, as well as the Senior Class Historian, Earth Warriors President, Interact Club Historian, National Art Honor Society (NAHS) Treasurer, Spanish Club Sergeant of Arms, Calculus Club VP of Club Affairs, and executive board member of the student council. Additionally, John is a member of NHS, and a member of the Principal’s Executive Student Board. After high school, John plans on attending either the University of Washington or Texas A&M and intends on majoring in environmental engineering. 

Gracie Baker –  Gracie Baker is an ambassador for the night’s events and the Historian of the NAHS, and involved in the Earth Warriors. Baker is also active in Falcon Theatre, and is a competitive dancer in her free time. After graduation Baker plans to attend either Oregon State University or the University of Texas in Austin with a major in biological sciences.

“I am beyond excited to get to see all of my peers and get a few laughs out of the Mr. Falcon performances,” Baker said.

Jamie Bajanero – Jaime Bajanero is a contestant and for the past four years he’s made a lot of memories, from football games that end in Whataburger til 1 a.m. to getting coffee with his friends during off periods. He’s also competed in art drawing and sculpture competitions, as well as wrestling throughout his high school career, and started on varsity for the first time this year.

“I love this school and everything I’ve gotten to experience,” Bajanero said. “Thank you for making it great.”

Serena Shabout –  Serena Shabout is an ambassador and is on the swim team. She is also the News Editor for the Timber Creek Talon and the vice president of NHS. Next fall, Shabout will be attending Texas A&M and majoring in journalism/communications with a hope to pursue a law career later in the future. She’s passionate about limiting plastic use, all things environment and is super excited for Mr. Falcon.

Christopher TaylorChristopher Taylor is a contestant who is very passionate about making music and tumbling.

“I am really excited to be a part of something that will be memorable long after I graduate from high school,” Taylor said.

Eesha Desai: Eesha Desai is an ambassador for the pageant, and one of her favorite things to do is to make people laugh, and believes that the Mr. Falcon Pageant will do just that. She is excited to be a part of this event to raise money for a good cause. Desai is happy to be collaborating with her fellow seniors and can’t wait to see what joys this upcoming date will bring.

Markus Reiten – Markus Reiten is a contestant and has played on the football team for four years. He enjoys hanging out with friends, working and listening to music. Fun fact about Reiten: he has a tattoo.

Madi Hill: Madi Hill is an ambassador and is 18 years old. Hill is a varsity cheerleader and a News Editor for Timber Creek Television (TCTV). She is excited for the pageant because all of the contestants and senior class representatives have worked so hard to make the pageant fun.

“I’m so honored to be representing cheer for this years Mr. Falcon Pageant,” Hill said. “I’m excited for the outcome and blessed to be apart of this amazing project.”

Dakota Williams – Dakota Williams is a contestant and was a starter on the varsity football team. He loves anime and music. Williams is the life of most social gatherings, so he’s sure to bring his ‘A-game’ to the contest.

“Everyone should come out to the contest to see us represent our school for a great cause,” Williams said.

Rylee Layton: Rylee Layton is an ambassador and has played softball her whole life. She will be attending Abilene Christian University in the fall to study nursing, and is a very family oriented person.

“I am extremely excited for Mr. Falcon because it is a great way to make fun memories with my classmates and go all out,” Layton said. “Being a senior can be sad but having events like this make me happy because of the memories I will have forever.”

The Mr. Falcon Pageant guarantees a night full of laughs and smiles for everyone in the crowd. All the people involved have been working so very hard for the last four months in order to prepare for this special night and to fund and raise money, to ensure a good show.

By Erica Seay

Senior, Talon Reporter, TCTV Sports Editor, Senior Class Vice President

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