November 28, 2014

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Senior hula-hoops his way to becoming ‘Mr. Pioneer’

ELYRIA — Elyria High School senior Max Hull hula-hooped his way to being named the school’s second annual “Mr. Pioneer.”

Fellow student Ethan Anderson was named “Junior Mr. Pioneer.” Other pageant contestants were Brett Grobe, Jacob Bohannon, Logan Perkins, Darnell Hooks, Jose Martinez, LaQuann Dawson and Billy Yrad.

Showcasing their dance moves, talent and school spirit, the young men graced the stage of the Elyria High School Performing Arts Center for the pageant Friday night. The award is given to the best all-around male representative of EHS.

As balloons fell from the rafters and the group One Direction played “What Makes You Beautiful,” Max’s fellow contestants joined him on stage in a group hug.

“This means a lot to me, to be named ‘Mr. Pioneer,’ ” he said. “I am grateful to everyone who cheered for me. This was a great group of guys.”

Max, who will attend Miami University in the fall, said he did not have any immediate celebratory plans, but admitted he may think of something down the road.

Upon being declared the next “Mr. Pioneer,” Max was awarded EHS spirit wear, passes to five EHS varsity sporting events and a $15 gift card to Burger King.

But most of all, for the remainder of his time at EHS, Max will be known as “Mr. Pioneer.”

All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s “Link Crew” program, which mentors and coaches incoming freshmen as they join the Elyria High School family.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.