Thursday, October 11, 2007
White Oak Pageant held; winners to be presented Saturday at festival
The third annual White Oak Pageant was held on October 7 in the Byhalia High School gymnasium. Sponsored by Health 1st Family Medical Clinic, the pageant featured 62 contestants. The question is often asked, “why a pageant?”
Byhalia Sports Association, host of the pageant, strives to give the participants an opportunity for a positive experience during this entire event. Every effort is made to make each contestant feel like the winner they are, just for participating. Each contestant is given a certificate for participation. Participation in such an event helps to build poise and confidence in appearing in public. Girls age nine and above must introduce themselves on stage. In both the Junior Miss and Miss Division, the contestants are asked a question they must answer on stage. This type of pageant gives local youth the opportunity to dress up and express their personality on stage. We strive each year to make the pageant better than the year before.
Winners in the Baby Master Division were: Overall Winner, Beau Lenahan, son of Tommy and Kim Lenahan of Byhalia; first alternate Jalen Blessike, son of Jay Blessike and Jessica Shaffer of Holly Springs; and second alternate Joshua New, son of Jimmy and Pam New of Byhalia. Best Dressed honors went to Jalen Blessike. Mark Burrow, son of Wade and Amy Burrow of Byhalia was the Overall Winner in the Little Master and also received the Best Dressed Award. Allan Gene Herring, son of Philip and Emily Herring of Southaven, was the overall winner in the Master Division and was also named Best Dressed.
Winners in the Baby Miss category were: Overall Winner Rahni McKeown, daughter of Amanda McKeown of Potts Camp; first alternate Emilee Feathers, daughter Mandy Feathers of Potts Camp; and second alternate Maya Campbell of Holly Springs. Taking Best Dressed honors was Bailey Garrison, daughter of Michael and Melissa Garrison of Byhalia. Tiny Miss honors for Overall Winner went to Kailynn Johnson, daughter of Ray and Tameral Johnson of Olive Branch; first alternate Tamera Bearden, daughter of Samantha Waller of Byhalia; second alternate was Makayla Edwards, daughter of Tim Edwards and Kelly Edwards of Red Banks. Best Dressed honors went to Kailynn Johnson. Little Miss Overall winner went to Taylor Harris, daughter of Kevin and Stacey Harris of Potts Camp; first alternate went to Morgan Waller, daughter of Samantha Waller of Byhalia; second alternate went to Haley Lenahan, daughter of Tommy and Kim Lenahan of Byhalia. Best Dressed honors was taken by Blake Martin, daughter of Steve and Ginny Martin of Red Banks.
Overall winner in the Preteen Division was Anna Summerlin, daughter of Jim and Tish Summerlin of Holly Springs. Wesleyann Ray, daughter of Tommy and Alice Ray of Holly Springs was selected as first alternate; and Alyssa Grant, daughter of Doug and Leah Grant of Byhalia was selected as second alternate. Best Dressed honors went to Hallie Kazemba, daughter of Mike and Jacque Kazemba of Holly Springs. Autumn Campbell, daughter of Jamie and Amber Hailey of Holly Springs was named Junior Miss for 2007 with first alternate honors going to Kasey Feathers, daughter of Bubba and Mitzi Feathers of Potts Camp and second alternate going to Ashley Harris, daughter of Kevin and Stacey Harris of Potts Camp. McKenzie Samples, daughter of Darrell and Rachel Brock of Byhalia, was named Best Dressed in the division.
Hannah Hamblin, daughter of Mike and Debra Hamblin of Byhalia was named Miss White Oak for 2007 with first alternate honors going to Jessica St. John, daughter of Linda St. John of Byhalia, second alternate was Jenna Haven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Haven of Byhalia.
Jenna Haven was also named Best Dressed.
The optional talent divisions were divided in two age groups. Taking first place in the 8 and under division was five-year-old Allan Gene Herring reciting “Where We Walk to School Each Day” dressed in an Indian costume. First place in the 9 and over division went to Carlie Brandom who sang for the audience.
Photogenic was also divided into two age groups. Winner in the 8 and Under Photogenic Division was Skylar Pomeroy, daughter of Amy and Steve Pomeroy of Holly Springs. Photogenic winner in the nine and over division was McKenzie Samples.
All winners who attend the White Oak Festival will be presented on stage to the attendees of the festival.
Byhalia Sports Association would like to thank all the contestants, parents, family, volunteers, and supporters who attended the pageant. Special appreciation also goes to Byhalia Flower, Gifts & More for providing the stage decorations, Byhalia School’s Drama Troupe for the use of their stage props, Byhalia High School and the Marshall County Board of Education for the use of the building, Denise Anglin of Buttons and Bows for decorating and help, principals Jackson and Oliver for their professional support and assistance and a very special thank you goes to Mr. Polk for his patience and help throughout the day and evening.
We hope next year’s pageant will be even better and we hope to see you there.
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