Dean is crowned 2013 BHS Lion King

BREMEN — Wowing a packed auditorium with both violin and piano solos, senior Thomas Dean nabbed the title of Bremen High School’s Lion King for 2013.
Dean, the son of Thomas and Madelyn Dean, bested a group of 12 other seniors to win the seventh annual charity contest before a raucous crowd of about 500 at Bowen Auditorium on Thursday, April 18.
“We never know what’s going to happen with 13 senior boys on stage,” Principal Bruce Jennings said as the evening got underway. “I hope I don’t lose my job – but I say that every year.”
Since Dean won the event, 40 percent of the evening’s ticket sales were donated to the charity of his choice, Bremen Dollars for Scholars.
Jennings said the event raised $2,500 from the $5-per person ticket price.
The charity event has raised close to $17,000 over the last six years, bringing the total since its inception to about $20,000.
BHS choir teacher Kathy Overmyer and senior Haley Foster, Bremen’s 2013 Distinguished Young Woman, hosted the event.
The 13 seniors were judged in a series of categories, including poise and appearance, talent and fitness.
The talent performances ranged from guitar playing, poetry performance, to interpretative dance, including Jordan Hollenbaugh recreating the climatic dance scene from the movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” complete with wig, eyeglasses and a “Vote for Pedro” T-shirt.
During the interview portion, Foster asked each contestant why he selected his charity, as well as a question selected at random.
And the questions were truly random.
“If you could change Bremen’s town motto, what would you change it to and why?” Foster asked contestant Jacob Box.
“Anything besides ‘Bremen is a good town,’” Box replied. “Probably ‘Bremen is a great town.’”
Foster asked eventual winner Dean to give his best pickup line.
“Are your legs tired? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day,” Dean said.
Dean replaces 2012 Lion King Andy LaFree.
Along with Dean’s choice of Dollars for Scholars, other charities that will receive funds include Bremen Food Pantry, Bremen Women’s Care Center and Bremen Community Hospital.
Five BHS staffers judged the event. The academic winner was pre-determined, while the “Spirit of Lion Country” award winner was selected by his fellow contestants.
Other winning contestants:
- Jacob Box, First runner-up
- Andrew Huff, poise and appearance category winner
- Paul Wonnacott, academic category winner
- Brock Tatich and Jarred Fitch, tie for winner in the talent category
- Dillon Mullen and Joey Zeltwanger, tie for winner in the fitness category
- Reid Zellmer, “Spirit of Lion Country” award.