NORTH WILDWOOD – Micah Rucci was selected Mr. Wildwood Catholic after four rounds of judging at the annual contest Monday, March 20.
Rucci was crowned Mr. Wildwood Catholic 2017 from a field of 14. Contestants competed in Casual Wear, Swim Wear, Talent, and Question rounds to raise money for scholarships at the school. Rucci finished in first place in two of the four judged areas, singing Elton John’s “Your Song,” in the talent category; and tying for first place in his answer to a question he drew from a fish bowl.
Asked about his greatest achievement, Rucci said he hoped it was making his parents proud, making mention of his disabled mother. Dillon Barry shared first place with Rucci in the round, answering what he would wish for if he had one wish.
“I would make my mom’s life easier,” Barry said.
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Barry said his father left when he was 2 years old, and his mother recently battled breast cancer.
Casual wear winners were: First Place, Anthony Zampiri; Second Place (tie), Greg Carroll and David McNulty; Third Place (tie), Aiden Saul and John Feraco.
Swim Wear winners were: First Place, Matthew Capozzoli; Second Place (tie), Olaf Feria and Zach Frame; and Third Place, James Bradley.
Talent winners were: First Place, Micah Rucci; Second Place, Olaf Feria; Third Place, Dominic LoPresti.
Question round winners were: First Place, Micah Rucci and Dillon Barry; Second Place, John Feraco; Third Place, Phil Pfaffman.
David McNulty was named “Mr. Congeniality,” and Anthony Zampiri won the “People’s Choice” award.
Entertainment was provided by vocalists Maecy Bischoff and Lena Cassidy. Emma Cox played a medley of tunes on the piano during intermission. The Jersey Cape Dance and Gymnastics Academy also performed between competitions. Hosts were Hennessey Barry and Fred Speiwak, who was Mr. Wildwood Catholic 2016.
Judges were Wildwood Crest Commissioner Joyce Gould, Social Services director Kristi Pawlus, and John Lynch, marketing director from GWTIDA.