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VINELAND - Moments before he was named Mr. Vineland, Bubba Beyer said he was already feeling like a winner.

Standing alongside the four other pageant finalists, Mr. March faced the dreaded sweat-inducing spontaneous question that forces contenders to think on their feet.

When master of ceremonies Charles Gaudio asked Beyer about his best Vineland High School experience to date, Beyer’s answer came from the heart.

“It’s gotta be right here,” said the tuxedo-clad senior. “I never had anything like this in my life.”

For six days, the 12 contestants, selected by a senior class vote, practiced their unique talents, mastered the choreography to two dance numbers and had some fun along the way.

“It’s been a crazy four years, but this tops it off,” Beyer said, referring to the contestants’ camaraderie. “Before coming in here, I knew these guys on maybe a first name basis and now it’s brotherhood.”

Beyer was awarded his crown by Mr. VHS 2018 Isaih Pacheco, who is now at Rutgers University, majoring in criminal justice and making his mark in Division I football. Coincidentally, Pacheco was also a Mr. March.

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“A possible future NFL running back coming to crown me for Mr. Vineland, unbelievable,” said Beyer, who plans to study nursing at Widener University.

The son of Kristina and Raymond Beyer wowed judges playing the saxophone and singing, which he said showcased his best feature — his “voice of an angel.”

In addition to the regal head wear, he won a new sash and trophy that Beyer didn’t plan to relinquish any time soon.

“I’ll bring the whole get-up to school tomorrow to show it off,” he said, before heading off to sign autographs in the Vineland High School South lobby.

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Some scenes from Mr. Vineland 2019 at Vineland High School on Thursday, January 11. Adam Monacelli, Vineland Daily Journal

In the event Beyer is unable to fulfill the non-specified duties of Mr. Vineland, the title will pass to first runner-up, Mr. June Kollin Fleeks, who debuted an original rap song “Love is Only a Feeling” during his talent segment.

The lyrics pay tribute to the “features of my significant other, her beauty, her smile,” Fleeks said, noting the music was “smooth and gentle.”

The other finalists were:

  • Second runner-up: Mr. November Tyler Kimmel
  • Third runner-up: Mr. August Maykon Hernandez
  • Fourth runner-up: Mr. May Trey Luciano.

This year’s talent portion highlighted an eclectic array of talent including Mr. January Vedant Patel dancing across the stage to the “Goofy Goober Rock” from the SpongeBob SquarePants soundtrack to Mr. February Tanner Bushman’s comedy routine recounting a dinner at Chili’s with a love-struck friend flirting with a waitress.

Mr. October Curtis Riggins tapped his Boy Scout camp counselor skills to get the audience clapping and joining him in the chorus for a rowdy rendition of camp song “Up She Rises.”

Other contestants were: Mr. April Lucas Portadin, Mr. July Isaac Rodriguez, Mr. September Colby Martinez and Mr. December Camron Stahl.

The proceeds from the admission and calendar sale fund senior class activities, including the prom.

Deborah M. Marko; dmarko@gannettnj.com; 856-563-5256; Twitter: @dmarko_dj

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