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Miss Sun Valley: A Pageant with a Purpose

Melisa Murphy, Miss Senior; Chelsey Rodriguez, Miss Junior; Jessica Huntley, Miss Sun Valley; Mariah Youmans, Miss Sophomore; Jordan Summerfield, Miss Freshman; Dominique Madsen, Miss Congeniality

Excitement permeated the SVHS auditorium on Saturday, October 13, as the contestants of the annual Miss Sun Valley Pageant began performing their opening number. This is not just a pageant, but a “pageant with a purpose.” Among the purposes is to reward one extraordinary young lady for her academic achievement and community involvement with a $1,000 scholarship towards her future education. Another is to serve our community with a Miss Sun Valley project called The Warm Wish, giving the gift of warmth this winter to children in need. Dr. George Pinsak generously contributed two scholarships to the pageant, a $1,000.00 scholarship for our Miss Sun Valley winner and a $500.00 scholarship for our Miss Senior Sun Valley winner.

What makes a Miss Sun Valley representative? She is a "well-rounded" and confident individual. She exemplifies the true "spirit" of competition, leads others by example, and strives for personal development and success in all things, both academically and in service to her community. She dreams for the future with both anticipation and determination.

Jessica Huntley was crowned Miss Sun Valley this year. With this being her senior year, she wanted to “participate in something new that took her out of her comfort zone.” She also mentioned that the scholarship opportunity was “very intriguing” and a prospect that interested many of the seniors. When asked about what she enjoyed most about participating in the pageant, Jessica responded, “I am grateful for the girls I got to know better who made the experience all the more fun. It felt good to let loose and have a good time up there on stage with them, regardless of the outcome.”

After winning the title of Miss Sun Valley, Jessica was selected as Sun Valley High’s candidate for Union County Christmas Parade princess and scholarship recipient of the Alex Kahle Memorial Scholarship. The parade princess and scholarship recipient is chosen from students representing each of the Union County public high schools. The candidates are chosen based on leadership skills, academic excellence, and commitment to community service. Jessica was interviewed by a panel of judges for this scholarship, which was established in honor of Alex Kahle, a senior at Porter Ridge High School who lost her life in a car accident in 2007. Although Jessica did not win the title of parade princess, the scholarship fund honored an additional candidate this year. Jessica received a $1,000 Alex Kahle Spirit Scholarship, and she expressed that this has been the most meaningful event that she has participated in since obtaining her Miss Sun Valley title. She shared that “the winner [of this particular scholarship] is to reflect the spirit and goals similar to Alex, who was known for her lively personality and caring heart. Winning this scholarship was truly the greatest feeling because Alex’s parents chose me based on how much I reminded them of their daughter. I know that Alex was an amazing person inside and out, so this was one of the best compliments I could have ever received. This entire experience, stemming from the Miss Sun Valley Pageant, has been truly a blessing.”

Miss Sun Valley is making it an honor and a privilege to wear the crown and represent Sun Valley High School as a respected and admired young lady in the community. Make plans to join us in the years that follow by participating in the next Miss Sun Valley Pageant where Sun Valley provides the crown, but the Miss Sun Valley families provide the memory.

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
~ Miss Sun Valley Pageant


Written by: Carrie Mabry, Media Coordinator and Tammie Phillips, Miss Sun Valley Coordinator
Posted: Nov 30, 2012 by Carrie Mabry

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