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Houston County High student crowned Queen of Summer

Rebecca Horne, who attends Houston County High School, was crowned the 2015 Miss Houston County Queen of Summer at the second annual pageant held last weekend at Veterans High School.

Twenty young women competed in the event that had a high school and middle school division.

Sara-Anne Gray from Northside Middle School was crowned 2015 Miss Houston County Princess of Summer.

The pageant was designed to honor girls with disabilities and is open to any girl that lives in Houston County and attends a Houston County middle or high school.

The idea was originally the dream of Kelsey Hollis, who made it her platform when she was crowned Miss Houston County High School in 2014. Kelsey invited other local high school queens to help with the pageant.

The entry fee for the pageant was two canned goods and a book. The contestants collected more than 50 canned goods and well over 200 books, which will be donated by the queen and princess as their first service project to Reading on My Mind Inc. and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Perry.

Skyler Henry from WMGT was the master of ceremonies. The judges were Sharia Stripling, Miss Deaf Georgia; Samantha Dionne Daniels, Miss Columbus 2004; and Rodney Johnson.

Entertainment included 2014 Miss Houston County Princess of Summer, Lauren Boyer, who sang; 2014 Georgia Miss Amazing, Lani DeMello, who did a rhythmic gymnastics routine; and Kelsey Norris, 2015 Miss Warner Robins’ Outstanding Teen’s Princess, who tapped. Hair, makeup and nails services for the pageant participants were donated by CGTC cosmetology students and instructor Tarrell Small.

Other awards given during the evening were interview: Kazzoria Porter, Elizaveta Brown and Noelle Campbell; best model: Christine Hall, Barrie Marin, Lena Reumaker; speech: Hannah Brewer, KayLeigh Houchin, Britney Derr; spirit: Kaitlyn Hammonds, Taraja Buck-Hill, Deia Breckenridge; smile: Autumn Shaw, Lydia Thornburg; personality: Annabella Whittaker, Abigal Poss; photogenic: Aniaya Perkins, JAmesca Brown; best dress: Rebecca Horne.