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North Augusta High School celebrates pageantry, passes down traditions and titles

The 2022 Miss North Augusta High School Pageant took place on Saturday, Nov. 13, with nineteen different contestants participating. The night culminated with senior Heidi Coughenour receiving the crown of Miss North Augusta High School from 2021 recipient Jaelynn Curry.  

Coughenour had been working to achieve the title for most of her life, and was excited to have made her dream a reality.

“Being Miss North Augusta High School is something that I’ve wanted to become since I was in the third grade and started coming to pageants,” Coughenour said. “This is just such a blessing to represent my school and continue the legacy of what Miss NAHS is: to inspire others throughout the school.”

She also expressed her love for the pageant and all eighteen of the contestants that walked the stage with her.

“Every single girl who graced the stage tonight had their moment, and they took it,” Coughenour said. 

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Four girls were crowned to represent their grade level. Makenzy Rushton won Miss Freshman, Sarah Kinsley Muns won Miss Sophomore, Emma Carter won Miss Junior, and AnnElise Baxley won Miss Senior.

Baxley said that she was surprised by her new title as Miss Senior, but excited to carry out the duties it entails.

“Hopefully, I can be a symbol for those around me that they can do anything they put their mind to,” Baxley said.

A fundraising crown title, Miss Sweetheart, was given to junior Taylor Spivey. Spivey raised $5,120 in sponsorship money for the event, the most amongst the contestants to help fund the North Augusta PTA for college scholarships.

NAHS pageant organizer Rachel Griffin worked for more than two months to put the event together.

“You’ve got to get plants, lighting, sound, paperwork together,” says Griffin. “Leading up to today, (the contestants) had about a week’s worth of practice … prior to this, they had to get hair, makeup done, pictures taken.”

Cyrus Frakes, the NAHS pageant director, shared some of the other pageant preparations that took place.

“We helped them with the choreography, all of their walking routines, helping to get their confidence to go up and introduce themselves at the microphone, giving them tips for interview, (and) making sure they all felt comfortable in what they were bringing to wear,” Frakes said.

Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community oriented business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews

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