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Sunday night was a magical experience for Scotus Central Catholic senior Elliott Thomazin.

Not only was he crowned champion of this year’s Mr. Shamrock Pageant, but he also had a platform to show off his unique skill set during the talent portion of the event.

Thomazin, who is heading to Indiana, in the fall to attend the University of Notre Dame, wowed an audience of more than 150 people inside the school’s gymnasium with a magic trick he’d been practicing for the past two months.

“It’s kind of a trick that revolves around choices,” he said, noting he didn’t want to give an abundance of information away regarding his method. “It also had three books, a little bit of fire and a little bit of time travel, as I like to call it. Just a very interesting one, really entertaining.

“It was very well-received, and at the end, there is kind of a kicker ending, and everybody in the audience kind of went crazy.”

Mr. Shamrock and 11 of his senior peers took the stage to complete a variety of talents, questionnaires and goofy tasks leading up to the crowning that was determined by a five-person judging panel.

Other contestants were: Colby Gilson, Cameron Johnston, Caleb Kosch, Konner Kudron, Braden Labenz, Isaac Ostdiek, Caden Pelan, Abe Perault, Blake Sucha, Drew Zaruba and Bryce VunCannon.

“They (judges) basically tally up to 15 points – five points for every category, and then they kind of scrap the points at the end because sometimes who is winning at the beginning compared to the end can get messy, the numbers might not add up,” said life sciences Instructor Joan Lahm, who helped coordinate the evening. “So then they just rank their top five and then the judges get together and try to whittle it down to three."

First runner-up during this year’s pageant was Johnston, followed by second runner-up Labenz.

Lahm explained that the event in its 14th year is designed to be a fun experience for all parties involved while also benefiting a good cause. Admission for the evening was $2 or two nonperishable food items, all of which are being transported to the Simon House in Columbus. The nonprofit organization is set up to serve the less fortunate.

Lahm noted that in all the years she has been part of the Mr. Shamrock event, this might have been the best-attended pageant in history. About 100 chairs were present on the gym floor and dozens of people also sat in the bleachers.

They watched as participants imitated certain Scotus teachers, danced around, performed a WWE wrestling skit and even completed a rap battle. Then there was the Catch That Dream Girl component of the evening, where contestants dressed in the outfit they thought would most impress their “it” girl.

“One guy dressed up as a lumberjack, another guy dressed up as a cowboy, another one dressed up as a frat guy,” Thomazin said. “I put on 15 sweatshirts because what girl doesn’t like stealing her boyfriend’s sweatshirts? So it’s just supposed to be a funny way to impress the ladies.”

During his time at Scotus Thomazin has been heavily involved in all sorts of activities. Right now he is part of student council, which hosted the pageant, campus ministry, National Honors Society president, a band member where he is drum major and a member of the Scotus track and cross country teams.

“Elliott is a great representative of Mr. Shamrock,” Lahm said. “He really is Mr. Shamrock, just the perfect embodiment of a Scotus student. He is so involved and just a good kid from a great family.”

With his time at Scotus winding down, Thomazin is thinking about the next phase of his life. He plans on studying economics and philosophy at Notre Dame.

He also wants to keep doing magic – he’s been at it for five years performing around the state from Kearney to Omaha.

He’s not sure what the future holds, but it’s reasonable to say it’s bright.

“I wish I could predict the future there, but unfortunately I can’t,” he said, with a laugh. “But I know that whatever I’m going to be doing, I’m going to be doing because I enjoy it.”

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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