RED OAK – For the 11th year, Project Success’ annual Mr. and Ms. Red Oak pageant lived up to the theme, “Red Oak’s Got Talent.”

Contestants – Red Oak ISD teachers and staff members – vied for the title performing in several categories: talent performances, beachwear/formalwear and questions and answers. 

Winning the ultimate titles were Mr. Red Oak Tim Day as Harry Day and the Dazees, representing Red Oak Intermediate, and Ms. Red Oak Rebecca Vega as Saylor Swift from Wooden Elementary.

The judges also awarded winners in three categories. Tammy Pickett, supported by her transportation department pit crew, received best personality. The formal wear winners were Little Hawks Learning Center’s Shelly Smith as Brittney the Chipette and John Wherry as Wild Wherry. 

Taking the beachwear category was Arrianna played by Brandee Morris of Shield Elementary and Ernie Amaton “Jaba Wannabee” of Red Oak Junior High. Morris also garnered the attendance award as Shields Elementary registered 249 guests on hand.

In the talent division, singer Rebecca Vega playing Saylor Swift after her favorite country singer Taylor Swift took the female honors. Tim Day as Harry Day and his dancers and singers backing him as the Dazees from Red Oak Intermediate won the Mr. Talent award. Day accepted his award in his formal brilliant blue disco suit.

Many of the performers kept Master of Ceremonies Scott Lindsey in suspense as he was often led by the contestants into their acts, including Ray Cantu as Pepe Jones from Red Oak High School.

“I’m really glad we do not have rehearsals before the show, then again, maybe we should,” Lindsey joked.

Other awards presented during the pageant included the Pennies Award, which is presented to the school that collects the most donations to Project Success. Red Oak Intermediate was announced as the winner, having collected close to $1,500.

As a part of the Project Success program, a T-shirt design contest is held each year, with this year’s winners announced as Kadie Marks and Samantha Morgan. 

Prior to the announcement of the Mr. and Ms. finalists, Lindsey brought all of the contestants on stage, along with several members of the Red Oak ISD Police Department, to lead the audience in a group dance to the twist and other oldie favorites.

For the final dance, the judges joined in with everyone else for a rousing rendition of “YMCA.”