Kent: Pageant queens gather for seniors

June 11, 2014 

Pageant queens from around Houston County gathered last week at the Antebellum Grove Senior Living Home for a special service project for the residents.

Organized by Rodney Johnson, a member of the Miss Warner Robins board of directors as well as the coordinator of the Miss Huntington Middle School pageant, the event was designed as an opportunity for local queens to meet each other and do a service project.

The young women brought gifts for the residents, played games with them and also performed.

“It is really a time for them to come together, interact and do a service project at the same time,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that pageant queens are involved young women who are looking to volunteer.

“They want to do more than parades,” said Johnson, who said that at least two of the girls in attendance, Miss Huntington Middle School and Miss Feagin Mill Middle, planned to make volunteering at Antebellum Grove a regular event.

“They just loved the residents and the experience,” Johnson said.

In attendance were Junior Miss Houston County Forestry, Briley Grady; Miss Mossy Creek Middle School and Miss Central Georgia Pre-teen, Maddie Alford; Miss Bonaire Middle School, Anna Claire Brown; Miss Northside Middle School, Deja Cheatham; Miss Houston County High School Miss/Houston County Forestry/Teen Miss Houston County Relay for Life, Kelsey Hollis; Teen Miss Laurens County Forestry, Gillian Pritchett; Miss Huntington Middle, Emily Young; Miss Feagin Mill Middle, Grace Thomas and Little Miss Houston County Forestry, Madison Mules.

Former Miss Georgia and Warner Robins resident Amanda Milner also came by to visit with the residents and the queens.

One of the queens in attendance was Kelsey Hollis, who currently holds three titles including Miss Houston County High School. Kelsey has been extremely active in the community since winning the title of Miss Houston County High School and is currently planning a pageant for young women with special needs.

“You don’t want to just hold your title,” Kelsey said. “You want to go out and do something.”

Kelsey said that events like the one at Antebellum Grove were important for all queens but especially younger ones.

“There is so much you can do with a title, but you have to get involved. The younger ones haven’t had as many opportunities just because of their age and the fact that they are younger. So this gives them an idea of what they can do with their title. A crown brings recognition -- people really watch you -- and you can really make an impact on the community when you do community events,” Kelsey said.

Contact Alline Kent at 478-396-2467 or allinekent@cox.net.

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