The pageant raised a total of $6,162 for Doernbecher Children's Hospital

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Joel Cruz and Ana Rojas (right) won the titles of Mr. and Ms. Bulldog last night, edging ahead of Oscar Garcia and Andrea De La Cruz (left) after a tie-breaking round of interview questions.Wellness, Business and Sports School students Joel Cruz and Ana Rojas earned the titles of Mr. and Ms. Bulldog Tuesday night, edging ahead of Oscar Garcia and Andrea De La Cruz from Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology after it was announced the pageant was tied for the first time ever. The tie was broken based on the students' performances in an additional round of interview questions.

The pageant, which features casual wear and formal wear segments, a talent portion and interview questions, raises money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital. For more than a month, the candidates have been raising money for the organization, through events like a staff and student dodgeball tournament and through fundraising efforts like selling fruit cups to students.

The 10 students who participated in the pageant raised a total of $6,162.53 for Doernbecher. The students from WeBSS raised a total of $1,449 and the runners-up from WAAST raised $1,722.14.

"Those two schools were neck and neck the entire process," wrote Tabitha Williams, a director of the Mr. and Ms. Bulldog pageant and a learning specialist at WAAST, in an email.

The winners were chosen based both on their fundraising totals and on their performances in the pageant.

The judges were Joe Waters, from the Woodburn location of T.J. Maxx, Kim Dennis, of Woodburn High School, and Shawn Lott, of Woodburn Vision Source.INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - The pageant began with all of the candidates performing an opening dance number. (From left) Success Alternative High School's Chris Leiss and WeBSS's Ana Rojas and Joel Cruz dance to 'Can't Stop the Feeling' by Justin Timberlake.

The pageant opened with all of the candidates dancing together to songs like "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake and "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas.

After a casual wear segment, the clothes for which were provided by T.J. Maxx, the students performed in a talent competition.

Cruz and Rojas' talent portion featured them performing a skit called "Can I Have Your Number," based on a popular sketch from the variety show Mad TV.

Other talent portions included the WAAST students waltzing to "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from the Disney animated movie "Cinderella," Woodburn Arts and Communications Academy students Venedict Matveev and Nola Waage reading from the darkly humorous picture book "K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice," Success Alternative High School students Curtis Leiss and Danyela Lopez dancing to the 2007 song "Cupid Shuffle," and Academy of International Studies students Christopher Martinez Morales and Maria Martinez performing a traditional Mexican folk dance.INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - Maria Martinez and Christopher Martinez Morales from the Academy of International Studies perform a traditional Mexican dance in the talent competition.

After an intermission, students changed into their formal wear, with tuxedos provided by Mr. Formal in Tualatin and gowns provided by David's Bridal in Keizer.

Then, each of the students were asked different interview questions. Cruz's first question was what he would do if he were president of the United States. "If I were president of the United States, I'd say I'd change having everybody as different cultures and different mentalities," Cruz said. "And I believe, especially in the United States, we should be equal, no matter what your color of your skin, because we're all red on the inside."

And during the tie-breaking round of interview questions, Rojas was asked what her favorite experience in high school has been. "I think this experience (Mr. and Ms. Bulldog) by far has been really important," Rojas said. "And we do all of this for a good cause. We don't get anything out of it. We're all doing it for kids that need it."

Julia Comnes covers all things Woodburn. She can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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