Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor presented the nineteenth annual Crusader Knights contest Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18. Ryan Klopack (Mr. Junior Class) was named this year’s Mr. Crusader Knight. He was also the recipient of the Campus Choice award for his video.
Crusader Knights began in 1993 as a fundraiser led by and for the Senior Class. Men are selected by campus organizations to compete for the title of “Mr. Crusader Knight.” The men are judged on their unique video skit, group dance, individual walk and ability to answer interview questions. The winner is crowned and dubbed Mr. Crusader Knight by the university president.
This year’s theme was “Heartthrobs.” There were 21 contestants in total. Other finalists were: first runner up Braxton Tucker, second runner up Jonathan Kendal, third runner up Alec Lloyd and fourth runner up Beau Styne.
Specialty awards were also given to a few of the competitors. Styne was recognized by his competitors with the Timothy Award, which celebrates the contestant who is most Christ-like and uplifting. Jon Michael Toler produced the Judges’ Choice Video. Taylor Holleyman won Best Interview, and Christian Hernandez was awarded Best Strut.