2012 Mr. Harriton Competition goes with 'road trip' theme

Ten Harriton High School students are taking audience members on a road trip with the Mr. Harriton Competition 2012 theme.

The fifth annual competition, held Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in Harriton High School auditorium, will have the contestants going across the country as each of the ten boys represent a city in the United States.

“The audience usually sits there, laughs and cries and shouts and goes crazy,” Harriton Student Council Sponsor Heidi Cooke said. “Everyone loves watching these guys perform. It’s a really entertaining show and a great night for everybody.”

The following students are participating in the event:

  • Senior Stephen Kline who will represent Denver, Colo.
  • Zik Kivitz, a senior representing Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Jordin Metz, senior, who will represent San Francisco, Calif.
  • Ilias Storti, a senior who’s doing Philadelphia.
  • Senior Austin Wortley, who’s Boston, Mass.
  • Junior Mohin Banker, represents Dall, Tex.
  • Matt Brown, a junior who’s New Orleans, La.
  • Louie Colella, junior, who’s Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Junior Robby Latoff, representing Chicago, Ill.
  • Junior Brendan Scanlon, who represents New York, NY.

All ten tried out at the end of 2011 and were selected based on their talent, presentation and personality.

Cooke, who is also overseeing the event’s production, said the Mr. Harriton Competition features all ten boys in a video, as well as an ensemble dance number featuring their female peers with everyone on stage doing the jitterbug swing dance. 

There will also be a talent portion.

After all the events are over, a panel of seven faculty judges awards the top performer the Mr. Harriton title.

Tickets cost $10 per person, and proceeds go toward the Lower Merion Township Scholarship fund, as well as a charity of the event cast’s choosing. The group raised $10,000 last year for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cooke said this year’s proceeds will also go to CHOP in honor of Wortley who’s currently battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Last week’s Dance-A-Thon was produced in his name, and that event managed to raise $20,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

We love that he’s here this year,” Cooke said. “Everyone adores him, and he’s the most enthusiastic and vigorous dancer…you’d never know he had it.”