Written by Christopher J. Herman
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Competitive Cheerleading Team hosted the first ever "Mr. Eastern" on Nov. 5 in the Betty R. Tipton Room and crowned Shane Daniotti as the winner. The event was held not only to raise funds for Eastern's cheerleaders, but also to encourage students to participate in school functions. The program was a multi-part event which included a presentation of the male contestants, an informative questionnaire and a talent show.
Each male contestant was asked a series of questions discussing various topics. They were tested on their ability to spell, and their knowledge of Eastern's cheerleading cheers, and also answered a random question asked by the audience. The questionnaire was followed by a talent show where the future Mr. Eastern performed a talent of his choice.
Missy Dupont, Eastern's cheerleading coach and event moderator, was grateful for the attendance of Eastern students and faculty. "I just wanted to thank Eastern's cheerleaders for supporting us and all Eastern students and staff that attended tonight," said Dupont.
Mr. Eastern contestants included Dan Eisemann, Brendan Germano, Brendan Gilloti, Ryan Houmiller, Jake Hynds, Tyler Matusek, Steven Nixon, Andre Reynolds and Shane Scavello. They were accompanied by Eastern cheerleaders Brittany Bronner, Taylor Gaparino, Emily Wigglesworth, Carissa Riccio, Lauren Clapp, Bridjette Neals, Danni Meskill, Angela Beaupre, Jennifer Pepin and Jillian Soucie.
For more information on Eastern's competitive cheerleading team and their upcoming events, email Compcheer@my.easternct.edu.