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CHS students to ham it up for a good cause

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members are welcome to watch Central High students strut their stuff during the annual Mr. and Mrs. Central Pageant on Saturday.

April 17, 2012

INDEPENDENCE -- Community members are welcome to watch Central High students strut their stuff during the annual Mr. and Mrs. Central Pageant on Saturday.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

The pageant will see 10 male and female contestants take part in a talent, personality and formal wear competition.

Audience members will vote for their favorite contestants by putting money in their jars.

Ballroom dancing, juggling, singing and guitar playing are a few of the talents that will be on display, said Megan Marchand, a Central High student and event coordinator.

All proceeds will go to the family of Mason Stokes, a Central High junior from Independence.

Stokes suffers from Morquio syndrome, a rare inherited disease of the body's metabolism that causes many serious health problems

A complication during a surgery last year left Stokes paralyzed from the chest down. Funds from the pageant will be used to help his family purchase a handicap-accessible van.

Five local judges will preside over the event, including: Jodi Deming, 2007 Mrs. Oregon; Polk County Commissioner Mike Ainsworth; Stephen Scheck, dean of liberal arts at Western Oregon University; Linda Koontz, choreographer for Central High's drama department; and Tanya Stokes, Mason's mother.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults and are available at the door the evening of the pageant.

For more information: Stephanie Heins-Mueller, 503-606-2225.