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Meet the Mr. Harriton Contestants: Jake Berberian and Jake Rome

Ibby Maruca, Features Editor

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The Harriton Banner brings you the last of the exclusive interviews with the Mr. Harriton 2017 contestants! Jake Berberian (pictured left) and Jake Rome (pictured right) are our two favorite contestants named Jake, and they’re surely going to wow us at the show! But will their charm and energy be enough to earn one of them the Mr. Harriton crown? Find out tomorrow night when the curtain opens at Mr. Harriton 2017: Party of the Decade!

Jake Berberian – Junior

What is a day in your life like?

I don’t need to “wake up” because sleep is for the weak. I usually go hunt for my breakfast before I drive to school. At school, I’m naturally a stud. After I finish up with that, I usually go for my 8-mile jog in the 20 minutes before Mr. Harriton practice. I then proceed to wow the choreographers with my moves. After, I ice bathe in the English channel because dancing is hard on the temple (aka my body). Once almost at the point of hypothermia, I return to my home where I complete my homework. Since I don’t sleep, this gives me ample time to hone in on my craft of extreme ironing (or EI), a sport in which one must iron clothing under extreme circumstances.

Why did you try out for Mr. Harriton?

I was peer pressured by my grandmother, who threatened me by saying I’d be out of the will if I didn’t try out.

Do you have a talent that cannot be performed? (i.e., a talent other than what you’re doing in the show)

I’m 2% fluent in German, 6% fluent in Armenian and 1.47% fluent in Aymara.1

What is your favorite thing about Mr. Harriton so far?

The officers bring these really good snacks to practice everyday and I really appreciate that. Occasionally Jon forgets them, but I don’t hold it against him.

Who is a competitor to watch out for (other than you)?

You should watch out for everyone. #trustnoone

If you could choose the theme what would it be?

Parties; I think it’s a pretty revolutionary idea. There’s a lot of room for creativity with that one.

Why are you the next Mr. Harriton?

Because I said so.

What’s your favorite school activity/sport/club/etc. (besides Mr. Harriton)?

The competitive knitting club. I’ve really taken up a leadership role this year as an upperclassmen and I feel that we have a really good shot at the state title. Lots of young talent and lots of experience, the perfect blend for a championship run. The chemistry is there and the knitting needles will be flying this spring.

Personal Statement? (this can be anything basically)

Yes.

 

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Jake Rome – Senior

What is a day in your life like?

Wake up. Brush my teeth. Stop by school. Go to sleep.

Why did you try out for Mr. Harriton?

Because I’m awesome and Mr. Harriton is awesome.

Do you have a talent that cannot be performed? (i.e., a talent other than what you’re doing in the show)

I can crack my ankles whenever I want.

What is your favorite thing about Mr. Harriton so far?

Anna-Maria Berezovski.

Who is a competitor to watch out for (other than you)?

Nate Rush.

If you could choose the theme what would it be?

Types of pants.

Why are you the next Mr. Harriton?

Because I said so.

What’s your favorite school activity/sport/club/etc. (besides Mr. Harriton)?

Varsity Soccer.

Personal Statement? (this can be anything basically)

Something people do not know about me is I love to sing and dance. I do both all the time and have consistently been told I should be on Broadway.

 

That concludes our interviews with the contestants of Mr. Harriton 2017! Please note that only 8 interviews were released as Noah Karpel and Michael Kanehann could not be reached for comment.

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