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Hudson -- A 2014 Hudson High School graduate is leaving more than a memory with his former school as he heads off to fall classes at Ohio State University.
Mick Mougey, who graduated Suma Cum Laude in May, was named first prize winner in the JoS. A. Bank Clothiers Prom Rep program. He received a monetary award for himself and won $15,000 for the high school.
Mougey was one of four out of 3,000 entrants across the country who won money for their schools. He was directly responsible for more than 100 prom tuxedos being rented from the clothing store at 87 1st St. in Hudson.
"I was No. 1 in the nation for the prom tux reps," Mougey said. "I ended up getting the most rented tuxes for prom."
Mougey wore a tuxedo to class a couple of times and was able to talk in front of the entire senior class, touting the company he was representing.
"I stuck out," Mougey said of his tuxedoed days in class. "It's not every day that people wear tuxes to class."
Mougey will help Hudson High School Principal Brian Wilch decide what to do with the $15,000 donation.
"We've thrown up some ideas." Mougey said. "I'm not completely sure what we'll do, but it'll have something to do with athletics and the new field house."
Mougey was a member of the Super Fans who attended Hudson High School football games, no matter the weather, shirtless and led student cheers. Wilch called "very spirited, a great student-athlete and outgoing.
"He graduated Suma Cum Laude--with highest honors this past May," Wilch said. "In lacrosse, he was named to the All-American squad as a mid-fielder."
However, the win was not without consequences.
Mougey promised everyone who rented a tux from JoS. A. Bank Clothiers that he would buy them a free burrito from a local establishment. So far, he estimates he's spent about $100 on food.
Mougey will attend Ohio State University in the fall and study engineering in the honors program.
"We've made it a priority the past two years to promote our home town store, JoS. A. Bank, to our young men for prom tuxedos," Wilch said. "Ben Tiemann won the same award the year prior--so that's two years in a row that a Hudson senior has benefited from the program. We put much of the $15,000 last year toward the construction of the HHS Distinguished Hall of Fame showcase in the commons."
JoS. A. Bank has awarded $150,000 in cash prizes to students and high schools nationwide as part of its tuxedo rental Prom Rep program, according to the compnay.
"The Prom Rep program offers us an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to the youth and schools in our communities," according to Jerry DeBoer, senior vice president of marketing at JoS. A. Bank. "We are delighted to be able to donate $75,000 to high schools around the nation, while giving students an opportunity to save on their proms."