By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine High School senior Brianna Davis was crowned the first Miss Lady of Standards Saturday night during the first-ever “Miss Lady of Standards” Pageant in Palestine.
Presented by the Women of Virtue Pageant System, LLC, the event, held at Story Elementary School Auditorium, consisted of nine female contestants.
“We wanted to create a pageant system that would encourage teens to strive to live their best life and embrace the person that God has created them to be rather that seeking to gain acceptance from society,” said pageant director and founder Kristi (Moore) Johnson.
The Miss Lady of Standards pageant was open to girls age 13 to 18 “who strive to live a life of integrity.” Girls were judged in the following four categories: talent, evening gown, workshop participant and onstage question.
As the winner, Davis won $300 and a bouquet of roses. She was the winner in the Best Evening Gown and Best Question and Answer categories. For her talent, Davis gave a dramatic monologue titled “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. During the onstage question portion of the program, Davis was asked what she loved about God.
“I love that He is a forgiving and merciful God, otherwise I would not be here today,” Davis said.
First runner-up was PHS Junior Damarius Jones, who won in the talent category for singing “I’m Here” by Fantasia. She won $200 and a bouquet of roses.
Second runner-up was PHS senior and drill team lieutenant Faith Bailey. She won $100 and a bouquet of roses. During the talent competition, Bailey danced to “Jump.”
Other contestants and their talents include:
l Brittany McDonald, Neches High School graduate, who recited “The U in Jesus”
l Venetia King, freshman at PHS, sang “Superwoman” by Alicia Keys while playing the piano
l Traleisha Garrett, freshman at PHS, presented a tap dance
l Brittany Dudley, freshman at PHS, played the drums
l Victoria King, freshman at PHS, sang “I Will Not Be Moved”
l Tajhma Wilson, freshman at PHS, sang “Wind Beneath My Wings”
Each contestant was presented with a certificate and presented a rose to their parents before the awards ceremony.
Other awards presented to the contestants included:
l Miss Congeniality (as voted by other contestants), Victoria King
l Best Salesperson, Damarius Jones
l Ticket Awards, Damarius Jones
l Most Good Luck Wishes, Brittany Dudley
l Number of Good Luck Wishes, Tajhma Wilson
l Private Interview, Damarius Jones
During the question and answer portion of the competition, the girls each answered a question ranging from the following: “What is the most difficult part of being a teen Christian?” “What is more important: to be liked or respected?” “What does it mean to be beautiful?” “What is the one person in history that you most admire and why?” “What do you love about God?”
Other entertainment during the pageant included a performance by Steps of Faith, dancing to “Set the World on Fire” and soloists Kelsie Kinder and Leona Kinder Jr.
Directing the pageant were Johnson as the director and assistant director Denice Barrett-Kinder.
Barrett-Kinder and Johnson, both natives of Palestine, consider the creation of this pageant to be a ministry. Both ladies are former PHS Homecoming Queens (1990 and 1991) and were both held the titles of Ms. PHS 1990-1991.
“We just want to inspire other young ladies to strive for success the way so many others have encouraged us,” Kinder said.
Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Tiffany Carwell.
Judging the competition were Deshanda Madison, Ivette Carrizales and Sheneva Sanders. Tabulators were Emily Hindman and Keisha Ervin.
The pageant staff included Tamara Lacy, Amy Bacon, Tina Teal, Lisa Thompson, Bruce Barrett II, Rosalyn Barrett, Shalanda Moore, Trent Dickson and Sonja Edwards.
For more information about the pageant, call 1-800-409-9839 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.