Senior Samantha Gidney was crowned Miss Perry High School 2014 before a packed auditorium at Perry High School on Feb. 24.
The pageant, sponsored by the Perry High theater department, showcased 18 Perry High School students who competed in interview, sportswear, platform, talent and evening gown. The pageant opened with the contestants dancing to the theme Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend.
Other winners for the evening were: Miss Congeniality, Carlye Sanders; interview, Samantha Gidney; and talent winner, Essence Lowe. Greir Glaser was named Miss Freshman 2014; Kaitlyn Bustamante was named Miss Sophomore 2014; and Mary Catherine Conner was named Miss Junior 2014. Senior Jessica Swartz was named first runner-up.
Gidney is the daughter of Tori and Bo Gidney. She is vice president of the senior class at Perry High. She participates in the FFA, FCCLA, Perry High Diamond Club, drama department, National Honor Society and Beta Club.
She received the 2010 and the 2013 Academic Athlete of the Year and the 2012 Coaches Award for the Perry High softball team. She was a member of the varsity softball team for four years.
Gidney will be an honor graduate in May, and she plans to be a pre-med major in college.
Along with being chosen Miss Perry High School, Gidney has the distinction of holding other titles in the pageant: Miss Freshman, Miss Sophomore and Miss Junior.
She is a former Miss Teen Dogwood queen and will compete in the Miss Dogwood pageant this year.
While she has had plenty of success in pageants, Gidney said that those experiences didnt keep her from being nervous as she competed for the last time in the Miss Perry High pageants.
I always get super nervous, but I have a philosophy that if I didnt get nervous I should stop doing pageants, she said. It means I am ready to face my wonderful competitors.
Having a year to represent Perry High School is something Gidney views as a privilege and a responsibility. Everything you do, everywhere you go, you have to remember you are representing your school, she said.
She is planning on spending some time during the next year promoting her platform SAM -- staying active matters. Its a program that encourages kids to get involved in school as well as being physically active. Both are so important. I plan on holding an event, and being Miss Perry High School will give me the resources to do that, Gidney said.
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