Mishael Smith was crowned Miss Northside High School 2018 in the school’s annual pageant Nov. 16 in the school’s Ray Horne Theater.
Allison Mathes was first runner-up, Collette Towles was second runner-up, Amaya Jenkins was third runner-up and Aria Buzhardt closed out the top five as fourth runner-up.
In other awards, Lu’Keah Smith was chosen as Miss Congeniality. Nicole Morales won the Academic Award and Allison Mathes won the application award. Mishael Smith won the Interview Award.
In the Informal Wear category, Keondria Singleton and Kennedy Graham tied for first place. Lu’Keah Smith and Mishael Smith tied in the Formal Wear category. In the Talent category, Mishael Smith took first place, Amaya Jenkins won second place and Collette Towles won third place.
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Smith, a senior, is applying to colleges with plans to attend a four-year university where she can study both music and technology — two things she says she loves.
A member of the Beta Club and the Senior Executive Committee, Smith also participates in Advanced Choir at Northside and is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association All State Choir.
The Miss Northside pageant was Smith’s first pageant, and it was not at all what she expected.
“I thought pageants were like beauty contests,” Smith said. “I didn’t know much about pageants. It was so much fun going through the experience, and it really taught me a lot more than I thought it would. There are so many different elements to a pageant, and participating really changed how I thought about pageants and the connotation of the word pageant for me. A pageant is so much more than a beauty contest. It really is a test of your well roundedness.”
Her love of music prompted Smith to enter the pageant.
“I really love to sing and when I heard that there was a talent portion, I knew it was an opportunity to get myself out on stage to both prepare me for college and to challenge me musically.” Smith said. “I have been doing choir all my years of high school, but not solos, so it was a chance to test the waters and see if I could do it.”
Smith’s platform is anti-bullying, and she is going to start implementing her platforms by using the clubs that already exist at the school.
“I want to start a movement where clubs advocate for members. Most of the time, there is a sign-up and people that want to be in the clubs go and sign up. I want to encourage teachers and administrators and club members to reach out to students and encourage them to join,” she said. “I believe that students find themselves in clubs, I found myself in chorus and that could happen for all the students at Northside.”
“It means everything to represent Northside High School,” Smith said. “My goal is to leave Northside in a better position when I leave for college.”
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