Miss, Mister Hopewell High School crowned
By Caitlin Davis, Senior Staff Writer
Mar 11, 2013, 11:59
photo by Caitlin Davis Brent Hamilton and Briana Ford, both from the junior class, were crowned Mister and Miss Hopewell on Saturday.
The Miss Hopewell High School pageant was held Saturday night at Hopewell High where the reign, as well as the crown, was passed on to another junior to hold the title for the next year.
The pageant, sponsored by the junior class and with all contestants being in the junior class, is held to raise funds for the prom. The contestants that night were judged on poise, overall appearance, their community and school involvement and by their answer during the question and answer portion of the evening.
Before the crown was given to Miss HHS that evening, the reign was passed on from the current Mr. HHS, James Lloyd, to the new Mr. HHS, Brent Hamilton. Mr. HHS is chosen by votes from the junior class. Hamilton, who plays soccer at HHS, said he was both happy and excited that his classmates chose him to represent the school.
“It means a lot for my peers and my friends and I’m thankful for the people that voted for me,” Hamilton said. “I’m going to hold it gratefully and pass it on to the next Mr. HHS next year.”
photo by Caitlin Davis Brent Hamilton is crowned Mister HHS
Crowns were not just given to Miss HHS on Saturday. The pageant also included Miss Congeniality, who is chosen by the other contestants, a first and second runner-up.
Jowanna Catlett, a member of the yearbook staff, was chosen Miss Congeniality at the pageant. The title of second runner-up was given to Cherokee Crutchfield. Kaylee Tucker, a varsity cheerleader, was crowned as first runner-up.
Christina Volk, the current Miss HHS, came on stage to pass on her crown and title that night. Volk said she had dreamed of being Miss HHS for years. She said the past year of being Miss HHS had it’s high and low moments, but through all of it, Volk took away lessons she wanted to pass on to the next Miss HHS.
“I also feel that this is the role of being Miss HHS,” Volk said. “It’s not about being perfect and never making mistakes. It’s getting up quickly from them and learning to move on. It’s being nice to everyone and giving them a smile and helping them when they need help. To the girls tonight, all of you are very beautiful and this will be a memory that will last forever.”
With those words, Volk handed over her crown to Briana Ford, the new Miss Hopewell High School. Ford, a varsity cheerleader and member of the Future Business Leaders of America, said after the pageant that she was shocked to win the title.
photo by Caitlin Davis Contestants from Miss HHS showcase their smiles on Saturday.
“I was not expecting it at all, honestly,” Ford said. “I was satisfied with just being a participant, just having fun, that’s all I really wanted to do. I just wanted to get pretty. Winning was just a bonus.”
Ford said the title is a great honor and responsibility, and she is looking to the next year with her new title.
“I wasn’t expecting it but I’m very proud of it and I hope I represent the school accordingly,” Ford said.
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