NORTH ANDOVER — What a night!
They danced, they sang, they played a variety of musical instruments, they were funny and before it was over, these young men showed their tenderness as they knelt down and expressed their gratitude to the young women who sponsored them in this contest.
Eight North Andover High School seniors vied for the coveted crown of Mr. North Andover 2014 before a packed auditorium in the home of the Scarlet Knights on Friday night. The winner, Garrett Chisholm, literally danced his way to success.
Chisholm dazzled the panel of five judges and the rest of the crowd as he tap danced across the stage. Just when the audience thought this up and coming Fred Astaire was done, he’d explode into another high-energy routine.
He eventually had four young ladies dancing along with him.
Chisholm, whose sponsor was Jen Pietrowski, also an NAHS senior, had fierce competition.The first runner-up was Nick Cincotta, a varsity wrestler and a talented musician.
Cincotta began his talent routine by playing the grand piano on the stage. Then he burst into his original rap routine, complete with flashing lights, and got everybody clapping as he jumped off the stage and surged through the audience.
Should Josh Santos grow his hair longer and apply some grease to it, he could probably get a job as an Elvis Presley impersonator. His routine, “The Hitstory of Music” – that’s right, “Hitstory” – included an animated rendition of “Jailhouse Rock.”
Santos drew torrents of laughs with his performance of “I’m Too Sexy.” With a band as backup, he showed his stuff on his trombone, then he switched to a guitar.
Erik Hollenbeck, president of the National Honor Society, also brought the house down with his video that depicted him as North Andover’s entrant in the Winter Olympics. He showed his skating prowess – on the rink at the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center.