Revived Miss Lawrence County Pageant successful
COAL GROVE — Many years have passed since a Miss Lawrence County was crowned, but that all changed Saturday afternoon as the Dawson-Bryant High School prom committee brought back a tradition that has been lost in the county.
“All of the contestants presented themselves so well,” DeAnna Holliday, Dawson-Bryant board member and former Mrs. Ohio, said. “The judges certainly had a hard time on their hands.”
Holliday assisted with the event, donated all of the crowns, sashes and flowers and got the pageant’s judges. Judging were Deborah Spain, national pageant director for Dreamworld Pageants, Amy Napier, cosmetologist at Charisma Salon and Spa in Ashland and Lauryn Meadows, who has helped with the Mrs. Ohio campaign.
The categories that made up the pageant were Baby Miss for babies 23 months and under, Mini Miss/Mr. for 2 and 3 year olds, Little Miss for girls 6 and 7 years old, Junior Miss for girls 8-10, Young Miss for girls 11-14 and Miss for girls 15-18. In addition to the regular pageant categories, each category also had a photogenic winner.
“This was a fundraiser to keep the cost of prom low,” Kim Ritchie, Dawson-Bryant High School teacher and junior class adviser, said. “Coming from such a small school, sometimes it’s hard to raise money.”
Ritchie said that the pageant raised $1,500, which will help pay for the meal at Texas Road House, dessert bar, candy bar, and food and prizes at the after prom, that all of the students will get with prom tickets of $30 a couple.
Aubree Davis was crowned Baby Miss Lawrence County, with Dani Lynn Haynes receiving first runner up and Ariella Rayne Roth claiming second runner up. Haynes also won the Miss Photogenic Crown in the Baby Miss category.
In the Mini Miss category, Olivia Grace Crank was crowned Mini Miss Lawrence County. Rubie Isabella Leith took first runner up, Mya Monnier second and Mya Nichole Jenkins third. Molly Ferguson claimed Mini Miss Photogenic. Sean Gails was crowned Mini Mr.
Ariana Clement was crowned Little Miss Lawrence County with McKayla Burris, Isabella Inbody and Patience Turner taking first, second and third runner up respectively. Inbody also claimed Little Miss Photogenic honors.
Junior Miss Lawrence County was taken by Allana Pemberton who also took Junior Miss Photogenic. Alisa Bundy was the first runner up and Elle Paige Hughes second.
Kylee Rae Thomas was crowned Young Miss Lawrence County with Olivia Roberts coming in as the first runner up, Jaida Smith second and Madison Sheppard third. Young Miss Photogenic honors belonged to Alexis Lawson.
Alex Gillette was crowned Miss Lawrence County and Miss Photogenic.
“The class officers on the prom committee had all the responsibility of doing this,” Ritchie said. “They’ve been the best group this year and have worked so hard.”