His ability to sing and play guitar had already given Daniel Marques a leg up on the other seven Mr. Westport competitors at Westport High School Friday.
But the WHS senior sealed the deal in the bathing suit competition. There he outdid even some of the beefier contestants by sporting a six-pack strapped to his belly and a pair of colorful plastic guns over his biceps.
The big crowd roared its approval and at the end, when all eight returned to the state in tuxedos to hear the results, Daniel was crowned Mr. Westport 2013.
This was the 11th year of the competition and the fund raiser for the Westport Athletic Boosters is a big a hit as ever, said WHS Principal Cheryl Tutalo.
“What I love about it is that they start out was competitors but as it goes along they develop true friendships. They are all up there supporting each other,” she said. “It’s really not about winning and losing, they are all in it for the fun of it.” She added that it’s also entertaining to discover hidden talents among these seniors — never mind the courage the it takes to get up there and do goofy things in the first place.
Glen Enos snagged the first runner-up award due in considerable part to bios rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”
“He has a good voice,” the principal said.
Taking second runner-up was Branden Costa who impressed the crowd with a glow-stick dance number on darkened stage.
“But the fact is that all eight of them were just wonderful,” Ms. Tutalo said. “I salute every one — the evening was great fun and the crowd loved it.”
Also competing in this years’s show were Jacob Friar, Chris Hartnett, Andrew Penacho, Ryan Kirby and Cameron Beaulieu.
Contestants are put through their paces in three categories — swimsuit, talent and interview. Interview questions range from naming someone they especially admire (retired basketball star Charles Barkley got a nod) to what place in the world they would most like to see.
Especially entertaining were the group efforts. One featured all eight on stage dancing to “Gangnam Style” — that one can be found on YouTube.
Money raised by the production helps the Boosters meet the cost of awards nights and the purchase of Athletic Department equipment for both the high school and middle school.