Tia Brooks has been crowned the first Miss Houston County Queen of Summer.
The pageant, held Friday at Central Georgia Technical College, is for young women with special needs and is the brainchild of Miss Houston County High School Kelsey Hollis. Kelsey put on the pageant with help from many other local titleholders.
The pageant program included a letter from Kelsey thanking parents, sponsors and the community for their support.
I also want to thank the participants, Kelsey wrote. You are what pageants are all about: friendship and understanding. I have been so excited to have the chance to meet each of you and be a part of what I hope will be the first of many chances you will have to show the world what we already know: that you are beautiful inside and out.
James Bryan served as master of ceremonies. Entertainment was provided by Lani Demello, 2013 Georgia Miss Amazing, and Shira Stripling, 2013-2015 Miss Deaf Georgia.
The pageant consisted of two categories. The middle school participants included Deia Breckenridge, who received the Spirit Award, and Abigail Poss, who received the Best Speech Award. The Middle School Princess of Summer was Lauryn Boyer, who also won the Interview Award.
In the high school category, six young women competed. Noelle Campbell won the Prettiest Dress Award; Annabelle Whittaker, the Best Speech Award; Lena Ruemaker, Best Personality Award; Adaja Haslem, Prettiest Dress Award, and Gabby Stevens, the Spirit Award. Brooks, Miss Houston County Queen of Summer, also won the Interview Award.
Each of the young women received a Princess Award and a crown.
The pageant was judged by Rae Evans, a former Miss Perry High School and the reigning Miss National Forestry Peoples Choice Queen; Annie Dempsey, the state director for Georgia Miss Amazing, a pageant system for special needs girls, and Amanda Milner, a former Miss Georgia and the current Georgia Teacher of the Year.
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