From left, Mr. W.T. White first runner-up Alex Madere, Mr. W.T. White winner Marvin Melendez and Mr. Congeniality Ruben Rios. (Courtesy photo)

W.T. White High School held its second Mr. W.T. White pageant last week with 20 senior boys vying for the title and some much-needed scholarship money. The event also included a Mr. Congeniality segment in which the money raised benefits a charity of the winner’s choice. This year, the boys raked in a total of $1,300 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

An audience of more than 300 people watched as the contestants competed in four categories: creativity, swimwear, talent and a Q&A segment. The judges were NBS 5’s Deborah Ferguson, WBAP’s Steve Lamb, Dallas ISD Trustee Dr. Edwin Flores, W.T. White’s own Ramona Ford and Lee Jones, operation manager for Men’s Warehouse, which donated the guys’ tuxedos.

The Mr. W.T. White crown went to Marvin Melendez who performed a rendition of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” He walked away with a $500 college scholarship. The first runner-up was Alex Madere, awarded a $250.

Ruben Rios won the Mr. Congeniality award. Runners up were  Jonathan Lopez and Steven Perez, respectively.


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