Mr. Carmel competition to benefit Special Olympics Indiana


Mr. Carmel contestants practice Feb. 23 at Carmel High School. (Photo by Maria Cook)

By Maria Cook

Senior boys at Carmel High School will soon vie for the title of Mr. Carmel at an annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Indiana.

The program is set for 7 p.m. March 9 at the high school, 520 E. Main St. Competitors in the lighthearted program will be judged on their performances in dance, talent, beauty-walk and onstage question categories.

The CHS chapter of Champions Together, a statewide partnership between the IHSAA and Special Olympics Indiana, is organizing the program. The CHS chapter is comprised of more than 40 high school athletes dedicated to making their school more inclusive for those with disabilities.

Participants in Mr. Carmel are nominated based on their involvement with Champions Together and other school activities.

Mr. Carmel competitor Stephen Abshire said it was an honor to be nominated.

“Champions Together is doing so many good things,” he said.

At the end of the program, two winners will be crowned. The title of Mr. Carmel will go to the competitor with the highest score, while the title of Mr. Champion will go to the competitor who raises the most money for Special Olympics Indiana.