Pancake maker named Mr. HC Renaissance
Isaac Brown used an ‘ultra family secret’ to help win over at least one judge in Sunday afternoon’s Mr. Harrison County Renaissance competition.
‘I decided to be a real man and make pancakes,’ said Brown, a senior at Corydon Central High School, during his talent portion of the contest held at CCHS. ‘I’m not going to be able to fix enough pancakes (for all the judges), but I know Nate (Cecil) will want some.’
Cecil, a senior at CCHS, was named last year’s Mr. Harrison County Renaissance.
Jennifer Best, another one of the judges, said during the intermission that followed the talent segment she was a little disappointed that she didn’t get to sample any of Brown’s flap jacks.
Brown, who plays soccer and basketball at CCHS, beat 15 other high school students from the county’s four high schools to claim this year’s title. He is the son of Randall and Sherry Brown.
Contestants were judged in swimwear, formal wear and talent, and received points based on an interview. Judges also took into consideration the contestants’ friendliness, approachability, speaking ability, poise, confidence and sense of humor.
The Mr. Harrison County Renaissance contest was started in 2004 as a fundraiser for the countywide Renaissance program. A nationwide program, Renaissance was founded in 1988 as a way to recognize students for positive behavior, good grades and improved academics. Teachers and staff are also recognized at the more than 1,500 schools across the nation that have Renaissance programs.
‘The contest gets better every year,’ said Gary Pope, assistant principal at CCHS and co-Renaissance sponsor at the school with Kristin Drummond.
In fact, Drummond drafted Brown to be in this year’s competition.
‘It was fun,’ Brown said afterward, adding that he was surprised he had won.
About his talent, Brown said he selected cooking instead of something more traditional, like playing the piano, because he wanted to do something different. He decided on Saturday to make pancakes, from scratch, and practiced Saturday night by making a batch.
First runner-up was Chris Nolot, also a senior at Corydon Central. For his talent, the Winter Drumline member played portions of this year’s drumline show.
Eric Gonzaba, another senior at CCHS, was second runner-up. A self-professed fan of Motown and jazz, he played ‘Reflection’ on the piano, which he dedicated to his father, Dr. John Gonzaba.
Other finalists were: Casey Priddy, junior, CCHS, who mimicked Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ dance routine; Corey Dennison, junior, South Central Junior-Senior High School, who, sporting a sling because of a broken arm, sang ‘My Girl’; William Hambley, senior, Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, who played ‘Linus and Lucy’ from ‘Charlie Brown’ (he even played a portion of it while sitting backward on the piano stool); Alan Bishop, junior, SCJSHS, who accompanied himself on the guitar; and Chip Hockenbury, sophomore, SCJSHS, who read a poem ‘written for a special judge’ while dressed as a nerd, complete with rolled up pant legs, white socks, tennis shoes and eyeglasses that were taped together in the center.
The eight remaining contestants were sophomores Joseph Rochner and Jason Minton from LJSHS; seniors Ty Brown, Ryan Dust and David Ley, junior Josh Book and sophomore Matt Johnson from North Harrison High School; and senior Adam McKnight from SCJSHS.
During breaks to allow the contestants time to change, entertainment was provided by Rachel Rivers, the 2007 Heritage Queen; Emily Doss from NHHS; and Robin Rosenbury and band from LJSHS.
As part of the intermission, The Wedding Planner in Corydon staged a fashion show of prom wear. Other vendors had booths in the lobby of the school.
Other Renaissance sponsors are Melissa Jackson, Lanesville; Willa Goebel, North Harrison; Jennie Capelle, South Central; Diane Johnson, North Harrison Middle School; and Linda Wiley, Corydon Central Junior High School.