Mr. Panther 2019 Recap
February 10, 2019
Thirty-three contestants took the auditorium stage Thursday to compete in the annual Mr. Panther competition. The pageant features male contestants representing different clubs and honor societies at Palmetto, and always draws a huge crowd. Contestants spend 17 weeks practicing and learning various dances with Variations for the Television Production fundraiser each year.
This year, the program featured a panel of administrative judges from Palmetto, including Principal Victoria Dobbs and Activities Director Elizabeth Valero. The judging was based on ticket sales, crowd enthusiasm and talent.
Mr. Panther has consistently sold out year after year, making it a very effective fundraiser for TVP. It also gives TVP the chance to show off their editing and videography skills through the different videos of contestant interviews that air throughout the night.
The top 10 from Mr. Panther 2019 were Mr. Italian Honor Society, Mr. HIP, Mr. Mu Alpha Theta, Mr. Baseball, Mr. Badminton, Mr. Women of Tomorrow, Mr. Student Council, Mr. Creative Writing, Mr. Strictly Panther Business and Mr. Girls Lacrosse.
The top 10 got the opportunity to perform their talents on stage, ranging from making pancakes on stage to rapping to playing the drums. The judges then deliberated and selected the top five acts of the night, including Mr. Creative Writing, Mr. Baseball, Mr. Badminton, Mr. Women of Tomorrow and Mr. HIP.
The top five finalists got the opportunity to answer pageant-style questions on stage in front of the judges as the last aspect of their score. Then, the judges announced the final results.
Mr. Congeniality is an award for the contestant who exhibited the best attitude all around during Mr. Panther rehearsals. This contestant was described as kind, willing and talented. Mr. Congeniality went to Mr. Strictly Panther Business, Francis Segarra.
Mr. Talent went to the contestant who the judges scored the highest for the talent portion of the event. The award went to Mr. Badminton, Vic Song, who played guitar for his talent.
Mr. Panther 2019 went to the contestant with the highest score all around. The title of Mr. Panther remains highly coveted among the boys and serves as a representative of the school and of their club. Mr. Panther 2019 went to Mr. Creative Writing, Jose Iglesias.
Mr. Panther remains one of the most popular events at Palmetto, and will continue as a tradition for many years to come.