Pleasant Hill High School held its annual Mr. Billie Pageant on Saturday, April 8, and when it was all said and done, Garrett Olsen was crowned the winner of the competition. The Mr. Billie contestants raised $44,498.12 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Olsen’s coordinators were Megan Miller and Madison Fisher. Other Mr. Billie contestants and their coordinators were: Lane Hardy and coordinators Bailee Carroll and Madison Fisher; Chad Harris and coordinators Emily Banks and Kelsey Olson; Cameron Holteen and coordinators Megan Miller and Kelsey Olson; Ian Larson and coordinators Natalie Downs and Karlei Blatch; Preston Paparo and coordinators Lexi Smith and Christen Lueders; Athen Plummer and coordinators Allison Wallace and Christen Lueders; Malakye Plummer and coordinators Nikki Manasco and Sarah Bennett; Caleb Shoemaker and coordinators Gabrielle Johnson and Karlei Blatch; Clay Weiss and coordinators Claudia Feil and Sarah Bennett.
This was the 17th year Pleasant Hill High School has conducted the Mr. Billie Pageant. The idea for the pageant was started in 1992 when CJ Martin got in trouble at school. His punishment was to take part in a leadership class. Proving he had learned his lesson in a big way, came up with the idea of holding a talent/beauty pageant to raise money for hospitalized children–with a twist. The boys would put on the show and the girls would manage them. Kids Helping Kids was born.
Today students from 18 high schools in four counties labor for three to eight months to fundraise and create an event that has become a permanent tradition for the schools.