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How to: Win The Crown

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Sophomore Jenna Williams and sister queen Junior Emily Wheeler from South Carolina after the Carolina Universal Beauty state pageant.

There’s something about walking across a stage in a pretty dress that compliments everything about you. From the color bringing out your eyes, the style of the dress making your figure look the way you imagined, and lastly, having the perfect heels that fit just right. Everyone has hopes that they’re the one to be on the stage with the crown on their head, but winning a crown means so much more than just that. It means taking on responsibilities, becoming a role model for younger girls, and stepping out of your comfort zone by doing things in your community.

So, how do you win the crown? Winning the crown is more difficult than what meets the eye. Competing in a pageant of your choice takes a strong mindset. You can’t walk in on the day of competition thinking you’ll win, because it’s not an excellent-looking attitude to have. Judges look deeper into the contestants from not only stage presence but how things are going backstage as well. When in the interview portion of the competition, always remember to stay calm, and don’t panic if you get a question that you don’t particularly know. They look to see who can remain calm and poised during their interview because the interview is the most important part. While walking across the stage for other categories make sure you keep your shoulders back and always smile. Even though you’re smiling the whole time you’re on stage make sure you do change up the way your head is turned or widen your smile a little bit while you pause. 

There are three main different pageants that you can compete in; beauty, county or fair pageants, and ‘glitz’ pageants. Beauty is a very natural pageant that focuses on how you carry and present yourself on stage and is a very modest pageant category. County or fair pageants look for someone who will represent the title well and would be a good fit for the community, when competing for a county or fair title they look heavily into your interview portion of the competition and how well you do. Finally, glitz pageants are the ones where heavy makeup, spray tans, and lots of sparkles are encouraged. 

Winning a crown means more than having something sparkly on your head. It means that you have taken on a new responsibility and are now a role model for not only your sash sisters but for other people who look up to you as well. In any pageant that you compete in and get crowned, there will be an agreement that you sign that you are required to abide by for the next year. For example, in most pageant systems during your year-long reign, they usually have some rules that you are required to follow, or your title might get taken from you. In the months that follow after you’re crowned, you attend community events, parades, gatherings, and many other events. Even though you get the opportunity to do all these things, there are still many things that are expected of you during your reign. A couple of the rules might be watching what you post on social media, attending two or more community events, going to other pageants in the area, and making sure you’re representing your title as you should. A result in not following any of their rules correctly could cause you to lose your title.

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Jenna Williams, Staff Writer
Jenna Williams  Favorite movie: The Notebook Hobbies: Playing volleyball, taking walks, reading on the beach Favorite food: Fruit Sophomore, Jenna Williams was born and raised in Summersville, West Virginia along with her older sister and parents. Williams is entering her seventh year of track as well as fifth year of volleyball. She has been a part of the junior varsity volleyball team for two years now.  “I feel that volleyball and getting a job really helped me meet new people and step out of my comfort zone,” said Williams. “I now feel a lot more comfortable here than I used to when I first moved.”  After growing up in the mountains, Williams experienced a huge change of scenery when moving to the beach last year. She has always loved the beach, and since she lives so close, now compares her home to a forever vacation. In March of 2023, Williams got a job on the Holden Beach Island that allows her to take advantage of the beach nearby during her breaks. “In the evenings after practice I really enjoy going to sit on the beach to have quiet time,” said Williams. “But if I can't go in the evenings I usually just take time for myself and do reflection.”  Williams states that she has already learned useful and beneficial information about journalism that she implements within the work she does and the responsibilities she upholds in this class. Williams is now familiar with things including how to write papers in a more professional and informative manner, learn how to use a camera for sporting and school events, and has learned insight on many different topics. “Since this is my second year in journalism, I still really hope to further my photography skills, and be more active in the school community,” said Williams. “I really enjoyed the positive environment in the class and all the people in it.” 
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