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Contestants Put on a Show for Mr. Coral Gables

Cavaliers showcased an evening full of flair, confidence and surprises, in hopes of winning the Mr. Coral Gables crown
Gabriella Roa
Claiming his win, Howard was congratulated by last year’s winner and alum Brendan Groff, who recognized his talent and effort.

For a night, the crowd in the auditorium was able to watch as 40 contestants were given the chance to represent Coral Gables Senior High’s clubs and sports. On the evening of Dec. 20, at 7 p.m, Gables opened its doors to a community of alumni, parents and students who came to watch a Gables tradition. For yet another year, the Mr. Coral Gables pageant showcases the diversity of Cavalier upperclassmen, their talents and charisma.

Throughout the night, contestants wowed their audience with their dance moves, a testament to the hours of practice put in. (Gabriella Roa)

To kick off the show, the contestants surprised the audience by running down the aisles of the auditorium and onto the stage to the beat of Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’. The participants danced on stage to a mashup of some of the most trending songs, performing the most lengthy number of the show, keeping the audience’s energy going. Between their stunts and unique formations, performing Cavaliers received an energetic response from the crowd, as the majority sang and danced along.

Taking the stage, Masters of Ceremony and seniors Laura Ridoux and Lia Alongi introduced themselves and gave a rundown of the show. They began with the introduction of each contestant’s talent. As the pair called participants’ names one by one, they walked around the stage showing themselves off to the crowd, while the MCs announced their best qualities and hobbies.

As the beach boy segment came to end, contestants applauded one another and supported each other. The top 10 finalists were soon to be announced. (Gabriella Roa)

“This is my second year taking part in the biggest Gables’ tradition, and this year I am Mr. International Baccalaureate Honor Society. Getting to partake in this huge event, I created stronger bonds with a lot of the other guys and the Gablettes, so it really was a big community effort,” senior Adrian Guerrero said.

The Gablettes‘ first performance of the night followed, setting the stage for the night. Following the lead of their “sweetheart” Gablettes, contestants danced on stage with their classmates, as the two groups merged to ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All”.

“It meant a lot to me. Apart from just making my high school experience more interesting, it’s been a pleasure to be a part of an event that brings in students, parents and teachers alike; where everyone is there to just have fun watching the show,” senior Luciano Magaldi said.

Mr. Wizards, Dominick Rodriguez, sang and recreated the iconic performance from the blockbuster Barbie movie titled ‘I’m Just Ken’. (Gabriella Roa)

Following the dancers performance, all the contestants were called back onto stage to announce the top 10 finalists of the night. These finalists went on to perform small skits in hopes of gaining the crowds attention and the judges’ votes.

Senior Anthony Robles had the crowd singing along to IDGAF by Drake while he performed an improvised dance routine similar to his skit from last year. As the intro to Creep by Radiohead flooded the auditorium, the crowd stood and sang along, cheering on Ruben Cruz, Mr. Chess, while he sung and played the electric guitar.

Once the scores had been tallied, it was finally time to announce the Mr. Coral Gables winner. As the crowd grew quieter, a drumroll was initiated and quickly, the auditorium filled with the sounds of rumbling feet. After a few moments of suspense, Mr. Gables Players, senior Jamar Howard, was crowned as Mr. Coral Gables.

Howard shared a close moment with his fellow classmates as they celebrated his win. To conclude the night, the crowned winner gave a speech thanking the student body for their support. He credited his teachers, whom he said added countless moments of motivation throughout his high school experience.

A Word From the Top 5 Mr. Coral Gables Finalists
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Gracie Luzarraga
Gracie Luzarraga, CavsConnect Staff Writer
Gracie Luzarraga is a sophomore at Coral Gables Senior High and is a part of the International Baccalaureate program. She is a first-year member of Cavsconnect and very excited to be part of the staff and see how her writing improves throughout this school year. Gracie is very ambitious and loves trying out new things as well as traveling to unfamiliar places. She values writing about her experiences, which is where her passion for writing comes from. She is a member of the swim team and various clubs. Outside of school, she enjoys spending most of her time under the sun, at the beach, baking or reading a good book. Gracie hopes to make the most of her sophomore year by giving back to the community and being as active as she can in the student body. She hopes to pursue a career in the health field one day and work with kids. Overall, Gracie looks forward to this school year and plans to continue to strive as a student.
Griffin Byrd
Griffin Byrd, CavsTV Staff
Griffin Byrd is currently a junior in the IB program. This is his second year in CavsTV and he hopes to make more memories with the new crew. Outside of CavsTV, Griffin is a member of the boys volleyball team. He also hopes to play club volleyball in the fall and winter seasons. Outside of school, Griffin likes to read and hang out with friends.
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