Brother Dominic Wetzel, Gina Mulranen take the crown at Mr. and Miss Cabrini Pageant

By Kerri Dougherty
November 19, 2009

After much anticipation, the annual Mr. and Miss Cabrini Pageant was held in Grace Hall on Nov. 11. This year’s Mr. and Miss Cabrini are Brother Dominic Wetzel and Gina Mulranen. Hosted by CAP Board, the event was a huge success as students, parents and faculty headed over to watch the 2009 candidates compete for the title.

Before the pageant even started, Grace Hall overflowed with people as every seat was occupied and some people were even left to stand as they watched the opening performance from this year’s pageant hosts, Jake Verterano and Gianna Shikitino. The dynamic duo danced to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

The enthused crowd laughed and cheered on the hosts as they danced along with them. After the opening performance, the hosts introduced the candidates. Contestants were student leaders who had to raise money for charity, compete in trivia and have a talent to represent the spirit of Cabrini history.

“In our search for candidates we sent out letters to organizations and clubs. They nominate a boy and a girl and then vote,” Peter Morrison, CAP Board member, said.

The candidates then performed their special talents.

“I was very pleased with my performance. I felt that it was the best that it could be and I would like to thank my friend Steph who came up on stage with me. I had a great time,” Danielle Alio, sophomore communication majo,r said after she performed “Listen to your heart” on the piano.

After all of the performances were through, the next step of the pageant was the formal questions. All eight contestants got each question correct. The hosts then took over for a bit by putting the crowd on the spot with ‘pageant’ questions as the judges voted on male and female finalists.

Several minutes went by until all of the votes were tallied up. The hosts called up every candidate on stage and then eliminated the candidates with the least votes. Four finalists were left and it was time to announce the winner of the Mr. and Miss Cabrini Pageant.

The crowd anxiously listened as they waited for Jake and Gianna to announce the winner of the Mr. and Miss Cabrini Pageant.

“I am very excited, I am speechless at the moment,” Wetzel said after the win.

“I am really excited just because I ran two years ago. I feel as though I embody what Cabrini stands for and I am highly involved. I am ready to take on this role,” Mulranen said.

The pageant ended as Mr. and Miss Cabrini took one last walk on stage and waved to the crowd with huge smiles upon their faces. Camera flashes were coming from all angles through Grace Hall and the crowd surrounded the winners and congratulated them on their new title.

“I had a really good time tonight. I thought the pageant was a great event to come out to and I was happy for the winners,” Katie Cruz, junior psychology major, said.

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