2 juniors win Palisades pageant

Claire Goldsmith

Greg Lehroff ’14 and Julie Engel ’14 won first place and runner-up respectively at the annual Mr. and Miss Pacific Palisades pageant Wednesday, March 20.

All seven competitors opened the show with a battle-themed group dance to the song “Some Nights” by Fun.

“On the night of the show, the dance went extremely well, which was a relief because I’m not much of a dancer,” Lehroff said.

In the talent portion of the competition, he sang Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” and accompanied himself on the piano. Each participant was asked a prepared and an unprepared question in front of the audience and five judges.

When asked the surprise question about how he would fare without his cell phone, Facebook and other technology, Lehroff drew laughs from the audience.

“I would be fine but my mom might not be,” he said. “She’s always texting me to find out where I am. I don’t have that problem; I always know exactly where I am.”

Lehroff won a $1,500 scholarship and now must fulfill the duties of Mr. Palisades at various Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce functions like the 4th of July parade.

For her talent, Engel sang the song “They Don’t Know” from the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” in character as a has-been star turned innkeeper who shanghais younger actresses to prevent them from stealing the roles she thinks she deserves.

“I performed in that same musical on that same stage twice when I was younger, so it was a nod to my musical theater days,” she said.

In the question and answer segment, Engel described her personal growth as a result of her involvement with debate.

Engel ultimately won runner-up, second to Hannah Wasserman of Palisades Charter High School.

“I had a lot of fun performing and I learned that life isn’t always fair,” she said.