(Franklin) — A total of 49 little girls got all dressed up Saturday night to take part in the annual Heard Elementary School Fall Pageant benefiting the Heard County Special Olympics program.
The event, which is organized by Special Olympics director Wylene Spearman, has taken place for around 10 years and features the crowning of queens in four categories including Tiny Miss Heard Elementary (Pre-K), Little Miss Heard Elementary (Kindergarten-1st grade), Junior Miss Heard Elementary (2nd-3rd grade), and Miss Heard Elementary (4th-5th grade).
The judges for this year’s event included Robin Veal Cheeks, Heather Hutcheson, and Tiana Spearman. Unlike many typical “beauty” pageants the girls in the fall pageant are not judged on beauty alone but in six different categories including smile, eye contact, poise, confidence, attire, and overall appearance. The totals of all three judges are combined to determine the winners.
“It was an awesome evening with lots of pretty young ladies and many great parents who supported their girls,” said Spearman. “I would like to thank all of our great sponsors’for their support of our pageant Special Olympics program and of course all of our hard-working volunteers that make it all possible.”
The 2013 Pageant Queens were Miss Heard Elementary Emily Allison Head, Jr. Miss Heard Elementary Florinda Galbreath, Little Miss Heard Elementary Alyssa Burr, and Tiny Miss Heard Elementary Trinitee Owens.
One of the most beautiful dresses of the night was worn by Gabriela Escobar-Matias. The dress was sent all the way from Mexico courtesy of her grandmother. All 49 participants received a crown and a trophy. To see photos of all the girls visit our facebook page.
The pageant organizers would like to extend special thanks to HES Principal Debbie Willard, Assistant Principal Sheri Calhoun, Deborah Slay, Tiffany Elkins, Bonnie Vernon, Bob Markham, as well as Lawana Musick and MaryAnn Stitcher of Galaxy Pageant Productions for their hard work and support.
Sponsors of the event included Platinum Sponsor: Charles and Colleen Stephens, Gold Sponsors: Taneska and TSS Photography, Silver Sponsors: Collision Autocraft and Coweta-Fayette EMC, and Bronze Sponsors: The Cuttin Crew, Lions Club, Friendship Baptist Church, Rivers Farm Construction, Sheriff Ross Henry, and Sandra Nolen.