Thursday, February 27, 2014
Two “peas in a pod” came away with the titles of Miss Fox Creek and Miss Senior on Saturday night.
Morgan Manly was named Miss Fox Creek 2014 and her best friend, Savannah Jones, was named Miss Senior. The two, who are both attending USC Aiken in the fall, were overjoyed with the result of the pageant.
“It means I get a scholarship, which I'm really excited about, and it means I'm a role model for other girls,” Manly said. “It's an excitement I've never had, I can't explain it – I'm still shaking.”
Jones, who said her interview was her strongest asset, enjoyed doing the pageant with Manly.
“I think it's good to be Miss Senior because, hopefully, I'm a role model to people,” Jones said. “I'm glad my ‘peas in a pod' best friend got Miss Fox Creek.”
Along with the titles of Miss Fox Creek and Miss Senior, the pair received scholarships for college. Manly, as Miss Fox Creek, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and Jones received $500 for continuing education.
“I'm going to USC Aiken to major in secondary education,” Manly said. “When I did it (Miss Fox Creek) the first two years, I did it for fun. This year I really wanted a scholarship, but, also it was just for fun, and I'm just really excited (to have won a scholarship).”
Josh Trahan, principal of Fox Creek High School, called the Miss Fox Creek pageant a success.
“I thought the entire thing went very well,” he said. “Our young ladies were all very happy with how things went and were great representatives of Fox Creek. I thought, with basketball going on at the same time, that we might lose some of our audience, but we packed the Kroc Center pretty well. All around, it was a great pageant.”
Trahan said the newly crowned Miss Fox Creek, Manly, was a great choice by the judges.
“Morgan is an outstanding young lady,” he said. “She's always stayed focused on what she needs to do. She's a great student and will excel in college.”
Donna Leopard, faculty adviser of the Miss Fox Creek pageant, was pleased with the evening.
“(I was) thrilled with the winners, they all are smart, beautiful young ladies and the judges were impressed,” she said. “They thought several of them could compete at the preliminary level. Our winner did get a $1,000 scholarship, and we were very pleased with the scholarship amounts.”
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.