2018 WINNER – GRACE THOMAS
The 25th Annual Miss Houston County High School Scholarship Pageant was held Saturday February 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Houston County High Theater. This pageant is a HOCO Band Sponsored event and has proven to be a very successful fundraiser this year! Erin Sullivan, Co-Owner of Peacocks Performing Arts Academy and Rodney Johnson, executive director of The Miss Warner Robins Pageant and teacher at Huntington Middle School did an amazing job as pageant directors. The band was yet again blessed to have Elaine Pritchard act as the Pageant coordinator. Mrs. Pritchard is very dear to the Miss HCHS pageant and was honored during the evening with a special recognition presentation as well as a special dedication page in the program for the many years of involvement with the pageant.
Judging the Event were Jim Montgomery of Macon, Faye Boyer of Warner Robins and Kathryn Coffee of Marietta. Special Performances included an amazing performance of The National Anthem by Adam Conway, Jay Davis, Bobby Helms, and Julian Santos. The HCHS Trombone Choir, HCHS Men’s Quartet, Peacocks Performing Arts Competition Team and the HCHS Brass Quintet were also featured during the pageant along with a surprise jazz performance given by the Director of Bands, Jay Davis and Assistant Band Director Rebekah Daniel. Darlyn Davis, our 2018 Miss Warner Robins, hosted our event as Emcee.
At the end of the evening the reigning 2017 Miss HCHS, Bobbie Melden, crowned Grace Thomas as the new 2018 Miss Houston County High School. Grace was the winner of the Interview, Casual Wear and Evening Gown Competition. Miss Thomas, daughter of Ronnie and Cheryl Thomas, is also the reigning 2018 Miss Capitol City’s Outstanding Teen. Miss Thomas, an honor roll student participating in the AP/Honors program is very involved in our high school where she serves as President of the Houston County High FFA Chapter. Through FFA, Grace was a member of the 1st Place HCHS State Dairy Judging Team in 2017 and 2015, Region and Area FFA Creed Speaking Contest Winner in 2016, the Highest Achieving FFA Freshman Award Recipient in 2016, and the Reserve Grand Champion State Dairy Show Scholarship Recipient in 2016. Grace is also a member of the HCHS Thespian Troupe, a KAZ Leader, a HOCO LOCO Student Section Member and is involved in the HCHS Theatre department. Grace is also an active volunteer for Jay’s Hope Foundation and enjoys competing in pageants where she has been fortunate enough to compete at the Miss Georgia level in 2015 and 2017.
For the weeks preceding the pageant, all 10 contestants worked diligently preparing for the pageant choreography, attending rehearsals, practicing for the optional talent competition, preparing the interviews and selling tickets and ads for the program.
We would like to congratulate each of our Preliminary Winners of the evening as well:
First Runner Up – Kinley Pridgen
Second Runner Up & Optional Talent Competition Winner – Mary Grace Moore
People’s Choice Award, Miss Edith Award & Miss Photogenic – Lexie Cowan
Miss Congeniality – Rebecca Horne
Top Ad Sales – Aria Jenkins
Top Ticket Sales – Illiana Esquivel
On behalf of the HCHS band, we would like to thank all of the local sponsors, especially Pat Braski with Chick Fil a 96, Publix on 96, Will Conner & Nancy Berry with Zaxby’s on 96 and Steph Eggert at Stephanie Eggert Photography
We also sincerely give thanks to the many parent volunteers that helped with the production behind the scenes, donated food, supplies, and time to make the pageant a HUGE success!