The Night of The Gentlemen Scholarship Pageant

By Janay Roberson

Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/The loop) — Slow and sexy music, extravagant suits, and the swim wear contest was just a little bit of what UTC students saw during the 2010 Night of The Gentlemen Scholarship Pageant. The gentlemen hit the UC auditorium stage, concluding in the crowning of a UTC freshman.

About 135 students, most of them adoring and screaming fans of the five contestants, watched as the gentlemen competed for the chance to win scholarship money and for the opportunity to be crowned Gentlemen of The Evening. The contestants included Justin Brown, Jonathan Henderson, Alex Nelson, Robert Sharpe III, and Russell Smith.

The contestants in The 2010 Night of The Gentlemen Pageant

The contestants in The 2010 Night of The Gentlemen Pageant. From left to right: Justin Brown, Jonathan Henderson, Robert Sharpe III, Alex Nelson, and Russell Smith.

The show started off with a choreographed number where  all the contestants moved about the stage to “Stepping to the Bad Side.” The show then moved to swim wear where the gentlemen showed off their bodies in hopes of getting a good response from the crowd.

Next, the gentlemen dressed their best from top to bottom in the formal wear portion of the pageant. And then there was the question-and-answer where  the five contestants were asked questions such as “What is the top problem facing the school system?” and “How do you feel about the new health care bill?” Robert Sharpe III , who had the health care bill question, is in favor of the bill. “I think that it is a really good thing. The fact that that people who can’t afford health care are now able to get it, is great,” Sharpe  said.

Jonathan Henderson, Winner of The Night of The Gentlemen Pageant

Jonathan Henderson, Winner of The Night of The Gentlemen Pageant

Third place went to Alex Nelson, Runner-Up went to  Sharpe  but in the end, the judges were won over by UTC’s Freshman Jonathan Henderson.

“I felt honored and astonished,” Henderson said. “Winning this pageant just means a lot to me. This is just the beginning of great things headed my way.”

Students voted  for their favorite contestant via e-mail and the winner was contestant Robert Sharpe III,who was named Mr. Popularity the night of the show.

The pageant was sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi and all of the proceeds went to The American Heart Association for patients with Cardiovascular disease.