Hard work, maturity, and determination are all qualities Mr. Scorpion 2010 needed to have and Steven Beltran had them all.


On Sat., Feb. 27, students, parents, and school staff all packed into Sultan Hall where 14 contestants competed for Mr. Scorpion 2010.


The hall looked great due to hard work from Vice Principal Alicia Bonnett and her ASB class.


"We have to give all the credit to those students," she said. "I think they did an excellent job with promoting it."


It was a fun-packed night including a muscle pose, a talent show, and a tuxedo competition for each contestant. The talent show was the highlight of the night with a hilarious comedy act from Melvin Emesibe, an impressive dance from Tommy Kakish, and a hair-raising piano piece from Erik Sarabia; however, after the tuxedo competition, the judges had to cut down the field to six contestants including: Emesibe, Beltran, Matthew Garcia, Sarabia, Daniel Mejia, and Kakish. After an interview question for each of the six finalists, the judges had chosen a winner. With the contestants anxious and the crowd silent, Beltran was named Mr. Scorpion 2010.


"I just had a lot of fun and that's what counted," Beltran said. "When I was up there singing, when I was doing the muscle pose, when I was doing the tuxedo walk, it just felt great to have fun out there and have everyone cheering for me."


Beltran, who is already well known as a star on the baseball diamond, has added another notch to his belt with becoming Mr. Scorpion 2010. Being former MRL player of the year and a potential valedictorian candidate, Beltran had much of the crowd and baseball team supporting him. He was sponsored by Head Coach Chris Salas and Assistant Coach Justin Bartle of the baseball program.


"I was pretty excited," said Bartle. "I was pretty proud of the boys, I saw a lot of support. I know he got to see all his friends and teammates there for him. I thought he did a real good job."


Many credit his achievements to his consistent hard-working attitude and his perseverance through tough times. Since he was a freshman, many knew that he would have a shot at being Mr. Scorpion his senior year.


"I think his work ethic and his positive attitude [were important]," said Bartle. "I think you could always tell he was going to be something special. I think how he commits himself to everything, we expected big things out of him."


Although Beltran has put forth all his own work, he credits most of his success to his parents. For him, they have always been there and have always pushed him to go the extra mile.


"No one's life is easy," he said. "I just wanted to let everyone know that those are the people that really mean the most to me and I have been through so much and they have always been there to support me and raise my confidence always and I appreciate that."