Contest/Fundraiser Takes Habitat for Humanity Contributions Over the $25,000 Mark
On March 12, 2013, the fifth annual “Mr. Ladue Contest” was held at Ladue Horton Watkins High School Performing Arts Center with senior Eddie Mungai winning the coveted title. Twenty-nine young men, chosen by their coaches and club sponsors, competed through interpretive ribbon dancing, improvisation, karaoke, synchronized dance and the all-important final question. It was all in good fun, and also for a very good cause. The money raised through ticket sales will go directly to Habitat for Humanity and this year’s earnings took the high school’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter over the $25,000 mark in fund raising over the life of the “Mr. Ladue” event.
When asked by Panorama reporters Audrey Kocher and and Diana Jung how it felt the moment he won, Mungai said: “I didn’t expect to win. My goal was to just make it to the top ten. When I won, I was somewhat confused. It took time to comprehend what had just happened. But when the other Mr. Ladue contestants stormed me, I finally understood I had won.” Mungai was representing the “Mr. Nice Guy” category and proudly stated, “Well, it can now be said that nice guys can definitely finish first.” (Quotes from March 29, 2013 Ladue Panorama, Volume 61, Issue 7.)
Contestants were judged by Language Arts Teacher Janet Duckham, Associate Principal Brad Griffith and German/Social Studies Teacher Amanda Kaupp.
Ladue Horton Watkins High School is the only high school in Missouri, and one of few in the country, to have its own Habitat for Humanity chapter. In addition to fund raising, the students also participate in home building projects. “Participation at the home building sites is a little different for younger adults because they are not allowed to do the climbing, nailing and heavy lifting work,” explains Carson. “Many times the work students do on home building sites is much less glamorous, like shoveling mud and removing waste, but it doesn’t dampen their enthusiasm.”