Matt Troyer named Mr. Muskie 2012, winning despite twin sweater situation
Last week’s homecoming activities included the annual “Mr. Muskie” pageant, during which five male contestants competed for the title of Mr. Muskie 2012.
The Lakeland College Dance Team organized the event, which took place on Thursday Oct. 4 in Bradley. The team’s co-captains, Siera Ramirez and Kourtney Rieder, introduced the judges, who included Lakeland’s new president Dr. Michael Grandillo, the President’s wife Nancy Grandillo, Director of Student Activities Kaye Martin, Professor of Biology Kathy Marr, and Associate Professor of Biochemistry Jeffery Schwehm.
Mr. Muskie 2011 Braden Woods sat on his throne, wearing a golden crown.
The co-captains then introduced comedian Jessi Campbell, who was the MC for the night, sponsored by LC-CAB. She set a casual mood for the night with the first of many jokes.
Campbell introduced the five contestants. Chris Callan—freshman computer science and business major, Daniel Zea—sophomore communication and Spanish major, and Dale Sievert—junior religion and sociology major entered in semi-formal wear.
The audience giggled when they realized that, junior Matt Troyer—majoring in music education and trumpet performance—and sophomore Jake Simonson—majoring in business management—had arrived wearing exactly the same combination of white dress shirts and blue and gray argyle sweater vests. During the “Question and Answer” portion, Campbell teased Troyer and Simonson for showing up in nearly the same outfit.
Campbell then pointed out Woods’ glasses, assuming that they were just a fashion statement and said, “I’m not just some hipster trying to be cool with fake glasses.” The audience laughed as Woods tried to assert that his glasses were real, too.
For the talent portion, Callan skateboarded. Zea attempted to eat a package of Oreos. Simonson’s routine included beatboxing. Troyer prepared a dance known as the “wobble,” which he performed with both energy and precision. Sievert also performed some free-spirited dance moves.
Campbell started “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by introducing Callan, who wore a black dress. Zea showed off a Beyonce-like look in a short black dress and wig. Simonson’s Disney princess look included braids and a cape. Sievert enlivened his strut in a little black dress by throwing off his flowered hat to Woods.
Pictured: Daniel Zea, Chris Callan, Matt Troyer, Dale Sievert, and Jake Simonson. Photo by Michelle Fromm
But Troyer pushed the boundaries when he arrived onstage in a long bleach-blonde wig and short lacy dress with fishnet stockings and high heels. He wowed the judges with some hair-flipping.
When the judges had tallied their votes, Campbell announced that they had chosen Zea as the runner-up, and that Troyer would be crowned the next Mr. Muskie. Woods presented him with a sash, crown, and trophy.
After the performance, Troyer said that “this was just outstanding. It’s a great group of guys. They made it really fun.”
The now ex-Mr. Muskie Woods explained that he was sad to have to give up the title and the crown, but also “happy to be able to hand over the crown to somebody deserving.”