Tarah-Anne Abrigo was crowned Miss Warner Robins High School 2016 in the school's annual pageant on Jan. 23 in the Warner Robins High School theater.
First runner-up was Gillian Pritchett, second runner-up was Annabelle Smith, third runner-up was Juliette Mossman and fourt runner up was Allianna Malloy.
Abrigo also won Miss Congeniality, was first runner-up in talent, won the awards for onstage question and speech and most ads sold. Smith won the people's choice award, and Jordan Engen won the interview and application award. Pritchett won the talent award.
Mossman won the award for the highest GPA with a 3.943. According to Libbet Turner, coordinator of the Miss Warner Robins High school pageant, the overall GPA of the contestants was 3.66.
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The people's choice award -- where audience members vote on contestants by paying a dollar a vote -- raised $500. A portion of that money will be going to Karis Kares, a charity for pediatric brain cancer. Karis's mother, Deidre Knight Bembrey, is a former contestant in the Miss Warner Robins High School pageant.
The pageant included special performances by Miss Warner Robins Tess Hammock and her mother, Mr. Warner Robins High School Leo Finkley, Miss Warner Robins High School 2015 Mackenzie Franklin and the Miss Northside High School talent winner Rachel Chafin.
Not only was the Miss Warner Robins High School pageant the first one in which Abrigo had competed, it was the first pageant she had ever attended.
"The other girls just really helped me out because I was clueless. They helped me with like how to prepare, how to stand. They were all really, really nice," Abrigo said.
"For me it was a bucket list item to check off -- to have fun and to be on stage. Winning was the cherry on top," Abrigo said.
A member of the Beta Club, Science Club, and Math Club at Warner Robins High School, Abrigo is on the golf team and takes AP and honors classes. She attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and is a member of the Antioch Team, which plans youth retreats at the church. She teaches swimming lessons and shadows a doctor, which Abrigo hopes to become one day.
She will attend Mercer University in the fall and will be in the pre-med program. Abrigo eventually wants to be either a trauma surgeon or an obstetrician/gynecologist.
As for being Miss Warner Robins High School, Abrigo says that the title is a privilege as well as a lot of fun.
"I am so excited about going to the other pageants and representing Warner Robins and emceeing Mr. Warner Robins. It is really awesome, not just to have the title but all the fun and meeting other people," Abrigo said. "I want to get more people involved in Miss Warner Robins. After all it is a scholarship pageant, and that's a really good reason to do it."
The Miss Warner Robins High School pageant has been held every year since 1980.