By Alexandria Hamilton, News Writer

On January 18, 2013, Keenan had its annual Scholarship Pageant. The theme was “It’s a Whole New World.” The pageant contestants included students from each grade.

The Sophomore contestants were Raegan Crewell, Jaelan Johnson and Denasia Owens. The Junior contestants were Briana Davidson, Tylen McKinnon, Raven Watts and Qiyuana Wright. The Senior contestants were Sarah Canty-James, Clarisa Isaac, Tyona Mack, Jamas Perry, Valencia Perry, Kendra Robinson and Kayla Washington.

The event began with a formal dance, followed by three modeling sections. The clothing sections included causal wear, formal wear and business wear. Only the Seniors were required to perform a talent. For their talent selections, Mack performed a dance to Mercy and Valencia Perry performed a monologue. Washington performed a song. Canty-James performed a praise dance and so did Isaac and Robinson.

Miss Sophomore was Crewell, second runner up was Johnson and first runner up was Owens. Miss Junior was Davidson, second runner up was Watts, first runner up was Wright and Mr. Junior was McKinnon.

For the Seniors, Canty-James won Miss Congeniality, Mack won Most Poised and Miss Kennan, Jamas Perry won Mr. Congeniality and Mr. Keenan, Valencia Perry won Best Talent and was second runner up and Washington won the Top Sales Award and first runner up.

The pageant was sponsored by the Junior Class.

“My pageant experience was good,” Mrs. DeVonne Smalls, Junior Class Sponsor, said.

Smalls said she believed the pageant committee was good, and she loves partaking in the pageant; it’s just very time consuming, but she loves to do it.

The students spent a great deal of time on the pageant as well, including searching for clothing.

“It was hard getting outfits,” Robinson said.

Robinson thought learning choreography was easy because she was already in dance class. She said she would participate in other pagents because it would be fun to be around new people and finish what she started.

Ms. Stephanie Jones, Dance Teacher, also plans to be a part of the pageant in the future.  Jones coordinated the dance routines.

“Coming up with the choreography was easy,” Jones said.

She also said it wasn’t hard teaching the choreography to the participants. She enjoyed working with the pageant and said her pageant experience was great.

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