Several young women and girls received crowns for Christmas in the first Miss Middle Georgia Christmas Belle pageant held Dec. 13 at Veterans High School. Alexandria Simonton won the top title -- Miss Middle Georgia Christmas Belle -- and all the optional categories in the Miss category.
A senior at Veterans High School, Simonton is involved in drama, chorus, band and Beta Club and is a varsity football cheerleader. She plans to attend Georgia College and major in childhood education and minor in musical theater.
“It is really an honor to be the first crowned out of this organization. I plan to win more titles, doing pageants to win more scholarship money,” Simonton said.
The pageant raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project, and Simonton will spend this year raising money and awareness for the organization.
“My dad is a veteran,” she said. “He has never been wounded, but as a military kid I know the impact.”
Other winners of the day included:
In the Baby category -- Baby Miss went to Charlie Willis, who also won best hair and best smile. First runner-up was Langley Lance. Princess awards went to Brayley Guenthner, who won most photogenic, best dress and best eyes, and Payton Shepherd.
In the Toddler category, the winner was Ansley Brown, who also received the best smile award. First runner-up was Keira Nguyen, and the Princess Award went to Emily Higdon. Keira won best dress and best hair, while Emily won most photogenic and best eyes.
In the Teeny Miss category, Millie Mckenzie swept it all, winning both the crown and optional categories.
In the Tiny Miss category, the winner was Madison Sorrow, who won all the optional categories. First runner-up was Abby Grace Flynt and Princess was Kaylee Buster.
Lily Barfield, who won best hair, best dress and best eyes, was crowned Little Miss. First runner-up was Kaylee Higdon, who won most photogenic and best smile.
Kaylee Jones won all the optional categories as well as the title in the Junior Miss category.
In the Preteen Miss category, Kandice Lumpkin won all the optionals and the title. First runner-up was Parker Wall, and the Princess award went to Kelsey Norris.
Emily Jeffords won Teen Miss. First runner-up in the category was Grier Glaser, who won most photogenic, best smile and best eyes. The Princess award went to Kennedie Weems, who also won best hair and best dress.
The pageant was started and directed by Dana Burress, who has decided to start her own pageant system, Miss American Prestige. The first pageant being held under this title is the Miss American Prestige Sweetheart on Feb. 8 at the Pulaski County Board of Education auditorium in Hawkinsville. Anyone interested can email Burress at missamerican firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.