Kelsey Hollis was crowned Miss Houston County High School at the schools annual pageant Saturday in the schools theater.
Hollis swept the pageant, winning preliminaries in interview and evening gown as well as tying for casual wear.
First runner-up was Cynethia McClendon, who also tied in casual wear. Second runner-up was Elizabeth Albritton.
Cennet Huggins was also part of the three-way tie for casual wear; DeLaine Crutchfield won the optional talent portion while Madyson Carlson won most photogenic.
Hollis, who is in the ninth grade, is a former Miss Feagin Mill Middle School.
She said she was undaunted by the fact that she was a freshman.
A lot of people said that a freshman wouldnt win. So my goal was to do my personal best, said Hollis.
Actively involved at Houston County High as a junior varsity cheerleader, a member of the Partners Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Hollis attends church at The Rain and does community service work through the Delta Sigma Theta Academy and Gems.
While she did not have to have a platform for the pageant, Hollis said she wanted to bring awareness to autism during her reign as Miss Houston County High School.
It is kind of a personal platform, since I have an older brother with autism, said Hollis.
Hollis would also like to get the other high school queens together and organize a pageant for students in Houston County with special needs.
I think a special ed pageant would be a great opportunity, a chance to let them experience what we get to experience, she said.
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