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CV Pageant

Karsyn Britsch, 18 rehearses for the Mr./Ms. CV charity fundraising pageant on Friday afternoon.

Andy Cripe Gazette-Times

If you’re going to perform a routine to music from the “Greatest Showman” for a pageant talent segment you had better pull out all the stops.

Which is exactly what Crescent Valley High School’s Anshul Prasad and Karsyn Britsch are planning to do tonight during their talent performance in the Mr. and Ms. CV finale pageant. The pair, one of 12 in the school’s yearlong charity fundraising competition, are bringing in six other contestants as backup dancers and have even recruited a pair of gymnasts to add to their routine.

The Mr. and Ms. CV pageant will include talent performances by all contestant pairs, dance routines featuring all the boys in the competition, all the girls in the competition, everyone in the competition and a video in which the pairs dress as Disney characters for short skits. And the event culminates with the announcement of the contest’s winners and how much the students have raised this year for their three charities, Jackson Street Youth Shelter, Children’s Miracle Network, and Old Mill Center for Children and Families.

The pageant starts tonight at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Valley auditorium at 4444 NW Highland Drive. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for students and $15 for adults.

Allie McCann, a Crescent Valley senior and one of the competition’s three head coordinators, said this year the contestants are helping each other out a lot more in their talent performances than in previous years, which will mean a lot of costume changes.

“It’s gonna be crazy backstage,” she said.

She added that it’s nice that the contestants are all supporting and helping each other.

Alex Kaiser, a fellow senior and head coordinator, said the students have become really close through all the fundraising events they have put on together this school year. Since January, she said, the students in Mr. and Ms. CV have not had a free weekend and have put in tons of work despite being busy seniors and having jobs, sports and other extracurricular activities.

“We’ve basically been eating, sleeping and breathing Mr. and Ms. CV for months,” she said. “It’s going to be relaxing when it’s over but also bittersweet. We’ve grown into a family.”

Kaiser said the students have been through a lot together and the pageant will give people a chance to see what they’ve accomplished.

“I think people should come see it because it’s the culmination of over a year of work by these 27 students…” she said. “It’s a great celebration of everything we’ve done together with the community this year.”

“Also, we’re really funny,” added McCann.

The pageant will be preceded by a silent auction starting at 6 p.m., with items including use of vacation homes in Sunriver and on the Oregon Coast, plus a signed copy of Barack Obama’s “Audacity of Hope,” and a bat and baseballs signed by the 2006 National Championship winning Beavers baseball team.

Last year Mr. and Ms. CV contestants raised more than $44,000 for charity.

Anthony Rimel covers education and can be reached at anthony.rimel@lee.net, 541-758-9526, or via Twitter @anthonyrimel.

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