WARNER ROBINS — Sarah Burnett won the evening gown, interview and talent categories on her way to being crowned Miss Houston County High 2010 on Friday.
The senior sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical “Funny Girl” for the talent competition. She entered the pageant in hopes of winning scholarship money and intends to study music education at Southeastern University in Florida.
Each contestant was asked to select a platform. Burnett chose “Discouraging drug usage and supporting those that are addicted,” drawing from her experience volunteering for the past two years at the Potter’s House in Jefferson. Burnett first got involved with the substance abuse treatment center through her church, My Father’s House.
“They are people just like us,” she said of her involvement at Potter’s House. “We have problems; they have problems. Instead of condemning them because of a habit, we should love them and encourage them.”
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At Houston County High, Burnett is president of ensemble, a member of the women’s ensemble, and a member of National Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society. She is active in the drama program and played the lead in the school production of “Cinderella.”
Macy Moulder was first runner-up in the pageant. Gracie Preston was second runner-up, Jada Holmes was third runner-up and Heather Coy was fourth runner-up.
Moulder won second place in the talent preliminary, while Preston and Breanna Greene tied for third. Holmes placed fourth.
The pageant has been directed for the past 17 years by Edith Wilkins, who said that in those years, nine Miss Houston County High winners have gone on to compete in the Miss Georgia pageant.
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