Mr. Spiffy High raises record amount for charity


Giancarlo Castro

On Monday Jan. 7, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School chapter of DECA held its annual Mr. Spiffy High contest, where nine boys competed to claim the crown in a talentless talent competition, with Paolo Bayotas III taking the title home.
Organized by seniors Caroline Nguyen and Sara Greene, the event raised over $4,000 to go towards Bridges Outreach, a New Jersey based charity organization that delivers meals to the homeless of Lower Manhattan, Newark and Irvington.
The competitors were Paolo Bayotas III, Drew Burfeindt, Peter Canavari, Marcello Cappuccio, Ben Kuperschmidt, Tommy Ryan, Max Steele, Tyler Stines and Danny Wright. Each of the boys were accompanied by escorts onto the stage, followed by a talent portion where each contestant had to show off one of their skills.
Kuperschmidt played a moving rendition of Piano Man while being fed various foods, while Ryan speed painted a portrait of Dr. Heisey and Burfeindt juggled glowing balls in the dark, which was a hit among the audience.
During intermission, the judges deliberated on who was going to make it to the final round which included lip sync performances. Ryan won the fan vote, receiving the most donations from the audience, while Baotas, Canevari and Burfeindt all advanced to the final round.
By the tail end of the night, $4,000 were raised and there was lots of excitement in the air, as the boys all competed for the crown in a light hearted and fun manner. By the end of the night, everyone walked out with a good laugh and a solid contribution to a good cause.