Senior earns Perry High tiara

Sun News correspondentFebruary 13, 2013 

Senior Janea Feeney was crowned Miss Perry High School 2013 before a packed crowd Thursday in the school’s auditorium.

A member of the National Honor Society, Prayer Club, Math League, Drama Department at Perry High and National Art Honor Society, Janea was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”

She has been awarded a Presidential Scholarship at Mercer University, which will pay full tuition for four years. She is president of the National Honor Society at Perry High and she is a Mercer Service Scholar and Mercer Tift Scholar.

In the Miss Perry High School pageant, Janea won both the interview and the talent awards. Other winners during the evening were Melissa Anagnost, who was named Miss Congeniality; Kaitlyn Bustamante was named Miss Freshman 2013; Georgia Kelly was named Miss Sophomore 2013; and Samantha Gidney was named Miss Junior 2013. Senior Dee Dee Hayes was named first runner-up.

Janea played the violin during the talent segment, an instrument she has been playing for almost a decade. She was first drawn to the violin after seeing a performance by Hootie and the Blowfish.

“He had an electric purple violin,” said Janea, recalling the moment she fell in love with the violin. “I immediately told my mom that I wanted to learn to play as well.”

An accomplished artist, Janea plans on attending Mercer University and studying environmental engineering.

“I am very mission minded,” Janea said, “so whatever I do I want it to involve missions like go to Third World countries and work on clean water.”

A member of Cross Point Baptist Church, Janea serves as a leader in the children’s church program and is active in the youth group. She is co-president of the Perry High School Prayer Club.

“That is very important to me, to be able to tie in being Miss Perry High and prayer club,” Janea said. “I want people to know that it is OK to show your faith. I want people to know you can be in the prayer club and be Miss Perry High School.”

Janea won Miss Freshman, Miss Sophomore and Miss Junior in the preceding years in the Miss Perry High School pageant. Representing Perry High School for the next year means a lot to her.

“This is just an amazing opportunity and an amazing blessing,” she said. “To be able to represent Perry is an awesome thing because through Perry High School I have been given so many opportunities and had so many doors opened for me. The teachers here have made an investment in my life, and I am excited about the opportunity to give back and be a good representative for Perry High School.”

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