Thursday, October 9, 2008
White Oak Pageant winners will be presented at Festival Saturday
The fourth annual White Oak Pageant was held on September 27 in the Byhalia High School gymnasium. Sponsored by Health 1st Family Medical Clinic, the pageant featured forty 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 a 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 Master Division were: Overall Winner, Jalen Blessike, son of Jay Blessike and Jessica Shaffer of Holly Springs; 1st Alternate, Anthony Hope, Jr., son of Stephanie and Anthony Hope of Byhalia; and 2nd Alternate Jason Moreno, son of Salvador and Michele Moreno of Horn Lake. Best Dressed honors went to Jalen Blessike.
Winners in the Baby Miss category were: Overall Winner Mary Claire Herring, daughter of Philip and Emily Herring of Southaven; 1st Alternate, Luci Tomlinson, daughter of Mitch and Starlit Tomlinson of Holly Springs; and 2nd Alternate Keristian Nevels, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Nevels of Holly Springs. Taking Best Dressed honors was Mary Claire Herring.
Tiny Miss honors for Overall Winner went to Tamera Bearden, daughter of Samantha Waller of Byhalia; 1st Alternate was Abigail Nieminen, daughter of Kevin and Rachel Nieminen of Barton; and 2nd Alternate was Sierra Brock, daughter of Darrell and Rachel Brock of Byhalia; and Alexa Pitzer, daughter of John and Leah Pitzer of Byhalia. Best Dressed in this division was Alexa Pitzer.
In the Little Miss Division, the Overall Winner was Morgan Waller, daughter of Samantha Waller of Byhalia; 1st Alternate was Hailey Edwards, daughter of Travis and Lee Ann Edwards of Holly Springs; and 2nd Alternate was Madison Hatter, daughter of Joey and Tina Hatter of Southaven. Madison Hatter was also named Best Dressed.
Chelsey Brock, daughter of Darrell and Rachel Brock of Byhalia was the Overall Winner in the Preteen Division; with Hallie Kazemba, daughter of Mike and Jackie Kazemba of Holly Springs named 1st Alternate; and Madison Anderson, daughter of Mark and Lisa Anderson of Holly Springs being named 2nd Alternate. Hallie Kazemba was also named Best Dressed in this division.
In the Junior Miss Division, Megan Isbell, daughter of Mark and Lisa Anderson of Holly Springs, was the Overall Winner. Ashley Powell, daughter of Kenny and Angie Powell of Byhalia, was named 1st Alternate; with Carlie Brandom, daughter of Ron and Loretta Hebert of Byhalia, being named 2nd Alternate. Best Dressed honors went to Megan Isbell.
Miss Hannah Hamblin, daughter of Mike and Deborah Hamblin of Byhalia, was named 2008 Miss White Oak. McKenzie Samples, daughter of Darrell and Rachel Brock, of Byhalia was selected as 1st Alternate; and Anna Petree, daughter of Michael and Teresa Petree of Red Banks was named 2nd Alternate.
In the optional talent division, first place went to Carlie Brandom who sang for the audience.
Photogenic was divided into two age groups. Winner in the 8 & Under Photogenic Division was Alexa Pitzer. Photogenic winner in the nine and over division was Micah Nieminen, daughter of Kevin and Rachel Nieminen of Barton.
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 and More for providing the stage decorations, 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, Principal Jackson for his professional support and assistance and a very special thank you goes to Benjamin 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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