Newly crowned Mr. UK wants ‘to change the world’


Newly crowned Mr. UK Brack Duncan of FarmHouse Fraternity poses with Ally Greensfelder, a sophomore member of Delta Zeta. Photo used with permission of Delta Zeta. 

Kathryn Kerwin

Nineteen contestants walked onto the stage in formal wear. By the end of the night, there were five winners, and only one was the 2017 Mr. UK.

Brack Duncan, who represented FarmHouse Fraternity, was crowned Mr. UK.

“I have a passion for empowering people and I think that, being Mr. UK, I would be able to do that,” Duncan said. “I want to change the world—but I will start here.”

The Mr. UK pageant is hosted by Delta Zeta to raise money for its philanthropies, Lexington Hearing and Speech Center and The Starkey Hearing Foundation. To begin the show, Delta Zeta president Sara Peele and former pageant winner Delaney Smith showed a video that explained the two charities. This allowed audience members to see the motivation behind the event.

“My favorite part about Starkey is that we help children and adults,” Delta Zeta member Emily Zimmermann said. “Delta Zeta also had the opportunity to work hand in hand with them when they came to Lexington.”

The 19 candidates for Mr. UK were members of fraternities, the cheer team and Brothers Under Christ. The pageant consisted of formal wear, swim wear, talent and questioning.

Talents ranged from singing and dancing to card tricks to riding a unicycle. Duncan tap danced for his talent, and the crowd went wild as he stomped his feet and swayed his hips.

Duncan said he ran for Mr. UK because he thought it was a good opportunity to meet other men in other fraternities on campus.

“One word to describe me would be passionate,” Duncan said. “Something I am really passionate about are the little kids my family has adopted through foster care,” Duncan said.

His four siblings joined him on stage after he won.

During the question portion of the contest, candidate Tate Wells was asked who he would most like to eat lunch with, either living or deceased.

“Alfa Hayes, because she was the founder of Delta Zeta and I would love to hear her ideas behind this brilliant sorority,” Wells said.

The winners in each category are listed below:

Mr. Photogenic: Ross Boggess, Pi Kappa Alpha

Best Video: Jake Baltes, Delta Tau Delta

Mr. Congeniality: Luke Fenwick, Sigma Chi

Most Spirit: Timmy Jolley, Kappa Alpha Order