Sayaloune, Candelaria crowned Mr., Mrs. Spring Daze

Johnathan Sayaloune, 21, junior of Scottsbluff, was crowned Mr. Spring Daze and Kayla Candelaria, 20, junior of Brooklyn, New York claimed the tiara as Mrs. Spring Daze Saturday in the Student Center.
“I never win anything! I’m so happy!”Candelaria exclaimed.
The First Attendants were Devin Fulton, 20, freshman of Glenrock, Wyoming, and Celestine Williams, 18, freshman of Arlington, Texas.
The contest consisted of a catwalk, a question-and-answer session, impersonations and impressions, and a talent portion. John Murphy, 20, junior of Harrison, and Katie O’Boyle, 21, junior of Gering, were the emcees for the event.

Johnathan Sayaloune, 21, junior of Scottsbluff, performs a ribbon dance Friday during the Mr. & Mrs. Spring Daze event in the Student Center Ballroom. —Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

Johnathan Sayaloune, 21, junior of Scottsbluff, performs a ribbon dance Friday during the Mr. & Mrs. Spring Daze event in the Student Center Ballroom. —Photo by Jordyn Hulinsky

Participants were asked to sign up during the week prior to Spring Daze, but Murphy and O’Boyle opened the competition to the crowd allowing any last-minute competitors in. This brought the total contestants to 11 including Enrico Collins, 22, senior of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Ashley Gebhard, 19, freshman of Grand Island; Leah Guerrero, 19, freshman of Greeley, Colorado; Dane McConnell, 20, sophomore of Chappell; Jeff Mugongo, 19, freshman of Denver; Stasia Norris, 19, freshman, of Longmont, Colorado; and Taylor Parsons, 19, freshman of Sidney.
Acts in the impersonations and impressions portion included Sayaloune dancing as Napoleon Dynamite, Candelaria doing her best Kim Kardashian act, and Parsons imitating a cat. McConnell carried out an impression of host Murphy. Mugongo took on the role of a professor and shortly after Collins took the audience to church with his impression of a preacher.
The contestants then showed off their talents—Norris made a sandwich, McConnell sang the Spongebob Squarepants “Campfire Song Song,” Guerrero took target practice with her dart gun, Gebhard sang in her “car.” Fulton performed a mash up of “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Smash Mouth’s “All Star.” Mugongo nearly fell off the back of the stage during his blindfolded dancing routine, but continued the act smoothly. It was evident who the crowd favorite was when the entire audience rose to their feet for Sayaloune’s ribbon performance to “Every time We Touch” by Cascada.
The contest lasted nearly two hours, but the judges only needed a few minutes to deliberate the rankings. The contestants were brought back to the stage for a few final questions while the results were tallied and when the judges returned, O’Boyle and Murphy announced the winners.

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