Engaging Youth in Leadership and Community Service

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Doors open: 5:30pm | Show begins: 6:00pm
Reitz High School Auditorium
$5 for students | $10 for adults


An Evening of Fun

Launched in 2010, Big Man On Campus is a male pageant competition and fundraiser planned by the high school members of Youth Resources’ Teen Advisory Council (TAC). Proceeds from the event support 150 TAC members’ community service throughout the year – over 3,000 hours annually – and their 5:55 a.m. meetings every other Friday before school. The event features senior contestants from local schools who spend the evening highlighting their smarts, talent, charisma and school spirit through the show’s four segments.

The contestants are scored by local community leaders, and the audience votes for their “Crowd Favorite.” Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

All proceeds benefit Youth Resources’ Teen Advisory Council.


Meet Matthew Ruckam, YR’s
2019 Big Man on Campus

How did you get involved in Big Man On Campus, and why did you choose to participate?

At Reitz there is a mock Big Man On Campus called, “Big Man On The Hill”. I was runner-up in that competition and didn’t think I was going be able to represent Reitz at BMOC. Unfortunately the winner could not participate so I was told I would be the person to represent Reitz. I was so happy and started brainstorming ideas right away. After I found out it was a fundraiser,  I was even more ecstatic that the money made was supporting TAC.

What was your approach to the contest? 

When I say I don’t think I would have done anything differently, I mean that. I learned about BMOC a month prior and started ideas that same day. I went it the most prepared that I could have been. I spent hours learning both the group choreography as well as my dance for my talent, had fellow students and teachers ask me pageant questions, and even went to a band practice to rehearse the school song. I didn’t take it lightly, and had so much fun. It all paid off in the end after being named the first ever Reitz winner for Big Man On Campus.

What was your favorite segment to perform in? 

Out of the four segments, my favorite had to be my talent. I was able to go out on the stage and do something no other contestant has done: being Sharpay from High School Musical performing Bop to the Top in a dress. I was a little nervous at first but after hearing such a positive response from the audience I let loose. Me and my partner, Carlie Hobbs, didn’t miss a beat and killed it. I’m so happy I got to perform beside my best friend as well. She was so excited after I asked her to help me and we were able to make history.

What was your favorite segment to watch your fellow contestants perform in? 

My favorite segment I got to watch was the questions. It was super cool because I was standing in the wing of the stage and watched all of the guys go up and answer such awesome questions. It really enjoyed listening to all of them talk about who influenced them the most. Most of us said our moms and that was just cool to see a whole bunch of high school senior dudes talking about how much they loved their moms. Haha!

What were you thinking during the award announcements, and what was your reaction when you heard your name announced as the winner?

During the award part, I was just thinking “I’ll be happy for whoever wins.” I had no idea who was going to win until my name was called. After that I was just so happy! I am just super happy that I was able to participate in this with such a great group of guys. They were always super funny and made me feel like we have known each other for years. The friendships I made though this event is something I will always cherish.



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The Meyerholtz Family
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The Rescher Family


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Ryan O’Bryan (106.1 KISS FM)
Clay Carlton (BMOC Alumnus)


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