2018-02-09 / LifeStyles

GHS beauties vie for titles in Miss Cherokeean

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Contestants will display their ‘Girl Power’ during Saturday’s pageant

Who runs the world? Girls.

Contestants from the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes at Gaffney High School will showcase their “Girl Power” in this year’s Miss Cherokeean pageant, opening with a dance to Beyonce’s “Run the World,” choreographed by GHS drama teacher Vanessa Miles.

The pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 10 in the GHS auditorium at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The auditorium will fill up, and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Ticket holders will be allowed in the auditorium first. Tickets will be on sale for $8 (cash only) Friday, Feb. 9 from 8:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. in the auditorium, Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. in the GHS library and Saturday beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the school’s front office. All tickets are general seating and everyone must have a ticket to enter the pageant. Gaffney High and pageant representatives are not responsible for any lost or stolen tickets. Programs will be available for $5 the night of the pageant. All proceeds go to fund publications of the school’s newspaper, The Indian Post.

All 29 contestants will compete in three categories: interview with the judges (held Saturday morning), casual wear and formal wear. During the casual wear portion, each contestant will deliver a self-written passage relating to this year’s theme, “Girl Power.” Contestants will deliver their feelings or ideas on “What constitutes power?”, “What makes a wonder woman?” or “Who is a powerful female role model?”. In the formal wear competition, the contestants will be escorted on stage by GHS Air Force JROTC students.

Gaffney High senior W.J. Queen will serve as the emcee for the night, and there will be performances by sophomore vocalist Zoe Hurst, senior vocalist Isaiah Camp and a dance by Destinee Anderson, Emma Beaumont and Bria Wise, all GHS seniors. The 2017 Miss Cherokeean Mabryn Stanely and the 2017 GHS homecoming queen India Hopper will both be in attendance to crown this year’s winners.

The senior with the highest combined score will be crowned Miss Cherokeean. In addition to the Miss Cherokeean title, the contestant with the highest score in each grade will be named the class beauty. A Spirit Award will be given to the contestant who displayed the most dedication and positive spirit throughout the pageant, voted on by all contestants. The Academic Award will be given to the contestant in each grade with the highest average for the first semester. The Service Award will be given to the contestant with the most impressive community service record, as chosen by the judges.

Pageant judges come from outside the county and are professionals in the areas of communications, business, academics, and/or performance of some type (music, pageant, theater, etc.)

Senior contestants are: Katie Adams, Emily Harvey, TeKora Littlejohn, Brittany Martin, Pamela Painter, Joriah Thompson, Jada Vergara, and Ashlyn Wallace.

Junior contestants are: Dakota Bell, Yasmine Carrera, Bradey Cunningham, Shaneka Gilbert, Ivy Hogue, Abigail Mardis, Kassidy Perry, Precious Smith, and Kaitlyn Wilkins.

Sophomore contestants are: Christy Bolin, Abby Fuentes, Anna Hulsey, Soriya Littlejohn, Katelyn Mayfield, and Sierra Richardson.

Freshman contestants are: Malena Flack, Prenciss Jefferies, Sevannah Price, Madison Queen, Erika Quinn, and Courtney Rollins.

Mollie Vassey and Kristie Camp, GHS English teachers, are pageant coordinators. GHS students from the newspaper staff, The Indian Post, the literary magazine staff, The Pinnacle, the yearbook staff, The Cherokeean, and GHS JROTC help produce and participate in the show.

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