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Corvallis High School’s Mr. Spartan pageant concluded Saturday with the announcement that its contestants had raised $135,847. The CHS pageant marked the end of the local pageant season, in which four schools raised more than $220,000 for a variety of charities.

Crescent Valley High School’s Mr. and Ms. CV, Philomath High School’s Mr. PHS, and Santiam Christian School’s Mr. SC all concluded earlier this month.

Before Saturday’s announcement, Kammie Schuster, a Corvallis High School senior and the Mr. Spartan contest’s budget manager, was one of only two people who knew how much the Mr. Spartan contestants and their partners had raised.

Schuster, who plans to study in the honors college at the University of Oregon next year, said watching everyone’s faces as the total was announced was priceless.

“It was really fun to reveal it, but to keep it a secret for so long was difficult. I’m glad I was able to, because that made it more exciting in the end,” she said. Schuster said that after the total was revealed, people told her she should play poker because she did such a good job of encouraging the contestants to keep raising more money, even though they’d passed their $75,000 goal a month before.

Malika Waschmann, a CHS senior and one of the pageant’s co-coordinators, said the moment after the announcement of the total was a flurry of hugs and people crying. Waschmann, who will attend Stanford University next year, said she is happy with their total, which is higher than the $126,663 raised by Mr. Spartan contestants last year.

“I am overjoyed; I am ecstatic,” said Washmann of how much they had raised for their charities — the Mario Pastega House, the Samaritan Regional Cancer Center and Community Outreach Inc.

The winner of Mr. Spartan was Andrew Laney, and his partner was Abby Schroff.

Brenna Murphy and Ahmed Kassim won the Mr. and Ms. CV competition on April 13. Crescent Valley High School’s 23 pageant contestants raised $68,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network, Jackson Street Youth Shelter and Old Mill Center for Children and Families.

Also on April 13, Cooper Kikuta was announced the winner of Mr. PHS. His partner was Caitlin Bradley. Mr. PHS raised $7,275 for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and Briley Pompe, a Philomath Middle School student who had surgery earlier this year to resolve some health issues.

Jordan Swigart-Risinger, a Santiam Christian School senior, was named Mr. SC on April 6, in a contest that raised more than $10,000 for Camp Attitude, a Linn County camp for disabled youth and adults.

Anthony Rimel covers K-12 education. He can be reached at 541-758-9526 or anthony.rimel@lee.net.

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