Your reinterpretation of my faded recollection of the pageant was intense! Even more so, with second part. Perhaps it was a good thing that the “womanless beauty pageant” was organized by the student council carnival committee, in reality, instead of the faculty as in your version. Would you still like me to provide a summary of these (“the bitch won”)?
In a permutation I had previously pondered, the girls in the pageant sub-committee would have recruited the contestants (as they had, in reality) and conducted training sessions with little or no knowledge of, or consent by, the teachers (they could’ve been brought in, of course, at any point – the revenge motivation was a perfect fit). The attraction, for the boys, would be the prospect of spending some time, nearby if not intimately, with the girls; these boys were class clowns and nerdish misfits who didn’t often find girls expressing interest in them. I suppose it would have began with some auditions and practice sessions (something like the America’s Got Talent series).
The girls would have spent some time helping the contestants with their costumery and make-up, as well as their stage comportment and performance. They might’ve arranged for some weekend days for dress selection (pre-requesting contestants to bring as many gowns as they possibly could, borrowing from mothers, sisters, etc. and even bringing their mothers and sisters, if possible) and for make-up trials – just to ensure everything was right for the special day – as well as for the coaching and critiquing performance rehearsals.
To encourage and help increase co-operation between the contestants, the girls of the sub-committee (who were all very attractive, in my recollection) might have made references to a “Miss Congeniality” award, apart from the main contest for the tiara and banner. If the congeniality prize was the promise of “a night out” with one of the girls of the sub-committee, then some of the boys, at least, might be inspired to even higher levels of enthusiasm to the extent where they would make efforts to make sure all the other boys were comfortable, or at least stayed interested in staying around for the purported fun.
The most “congenial” boy might, or might not, get the most attention from the girls. His night out, with the girl of his choice might, or might not, involve him being the actual escort of the girl . . .
Was double-dating included as part of the education for the pageant?
Please let me know what you think.