The Duncan Banner

April 3, 2013

Girls prepare for the Miss Comanche pageant

Megan Bristow
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Ten Comanche girls have their eye on the crown as they prepare for the Miss Comanche Pageant, which will be held at 7 p.m. at Comanche’s Asbury Complex.

This year’s pageant “A Stroll Through Italy” will highlight the girls’ personal achievements through a talent competition as well as the girls’ beauty through the evening gown portion of the event.

Director Beverly Clark said the Miss Comanche pageant does not include a swimsuit competition but is styled after the Miss Oklahoma pageants.

This year’s contestants:

Sarah Lynn McGarr, age 17, is the daughter of Lee and Kim McGarr and the granddaughter of Carrol and Karen Clark.

McGarr plans to attend both college and medical school to obtain a degree in psychiatry and would eventually like to open her own practice. She enjoys singing, acting, participating in pageants, reading, horseback riding, being on the flag team and shopping. She is a member of the National Honor Society show choir, competitive drama, Spanish club prom committee and captain of the color guard. In the past, McGarr has also earned the title of 8th Grade Valedictorian, Miss Grandview, 4-H State Dairy Project Winner, National 4-H Congress delegate, Miss Stephens County talent winner and first runner-up, Masonic Lodge Student of Today and 4-H All-star. She will be performing “I Will Survive.”

n Maci Zumwalt, age 17, is the daughter of Tangi and Johnny Zumwalt and the granddaughter of Barbara McMurtry and Yvonne and Jack Taliaferro.

Zumwalt expects to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in physical therapy. Zumwalt’s hobbies include reading, flag twirling, archery, hanging out with friends and family and attending Breakthrough youth events. She is a member of the color guard and the National Honor Society. In the community, Zumwalt can be found helping out at Ray of Hope Church, acting as a sponsor at Fall’s Creek and driving for FFA. She is also on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. She will be performing a dance to “Cowboy Cassanova.”

 Hayden Stephenson, age 16, is the daughter of Mike and Stacy Stephenson and the granddaughter of Barbara Miller and Kathleen Stephenson.

Stephenson’s plans include attending East Central University with the goal of earning a degree in music education. Following college, she would like to move to England to start a family. She enjoys fishing, singing, playing the flute and piano and spending time with family and friends. At school, she participates in band, choir, the National Honor Society, choir, the academic team and the percussion ensemble. Stephenson also serves as the student council president and as co-director for children’s choir.

Stephenson also participates in the Chisholm Trail Community Band, Midwestern Community Choir and volunteers at a nursing home. She has been a member of OMEA All-State Women’s Chorus, Southwest Oklahoma Band Association, Southwestern Oklahoma Band Directors Association and South Central Oklahoma Band Directors Association. Stephenson will be playing the flute and singing to “I Dream a Dream.”

Kathryn Tilley, age 15, is the daughter of Melissa Tilley and the granddaughter of Lynn and Ricky Tilley.

Tilley expects to pursue a law degree and a career in politics. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, photography and editing photos. At school, she is the president of her freshman class and a member of track, the National Forensics League and the freshman class that made donations to the Cancer Research Society. In the community, she volunteers at an after-school kids’ programs, volunteers in local campaigns and participates in Walk for a Cure. She is also a member of the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. Tilley will be singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Peyton Nicole Cuzzort, age 18, is the daughter of Krista and Tracy Whitlock and Michael and Rhonda Cuzzort. She is the granddaughter of Lewis and Candace Absher, Sandra McCord and Katherine Cuzzort.

Cuzzort participates in band, percussion ensemble, Health Occupation Students of America, FFA school activities. She is the band’s drum major, FFA president and the National Honor Society Secretary. Cuzzort is also a church camp counselor, Sunday school teacher’s aide, vacation bible school worker, and a volunteer at the Stephens County Youth Shelter. Cuzzort has been named valedictorian, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding Junior, and Cotton Electric essay finalist. She will be playing vibes to “Twist and Shout.”

Marissa Lee Beeson, age 16, is the daughter of Troy Beeson and the granddaughter of Nila and Bill Adams.  

Beeson would like to attend college to become a speech pathologist before getting a job and starting a family. She enjoys cheerleading, golf, softball, shopping, eating, performing drama acts. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the American Sign Language club and drama club. She also helps with little cheer clinic, cleans the Church of Christ building and volunteers at Gabriel’s House. Beeson, who has been recognized by Who’s Who in Cheerleading, will be performing a humorous interpretation of “Cheering My Way into College.”

Jacey Morgan, age 17, is the daughter of Russell and Tonya Morgan and the granddaughter of Vergil and Letha Fenimore and Juanita Fenimore.

Morgan would like to become a physical therapist and have a family. She enjoys hunting, fishing, showing livestock and hanging out with friends. She participates in basketball, track, the National Honor Society, FCA, FFA, Football H20 girl and Health Occupation Students of America. She also works in the church nursery and is a sponsor of children at Falls Creek while being on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll and Principal Honor Rolls. Morgan will be playing piano at the pageant.

Chyan Makenzee Houston, age 16, is the daughter of Ricky and Kristy Houston and the granddaughter of Roger Albertson and Barbara Taylor, Francis Houston and the late GL Houston.

Houston plans to get her degree in physical therapy while cheering at Oklahoma State University. She enjoys cheering, dancing and coaching cheer. She is a member of the cheerleading student council, the National Honor Society, Spanish club and FCA. She volunteers at Gabriel’s  House, Toys for Tots and at nursing homes. She has been named as Outstanding Freshman Girl, 42-time National Champion Cheerleader, World Champion Cheerleader, county science fair winner, top freshman English student and Oklahoma Honor Society. She will be performing a dance, gymnastic routine to “Jail House Rock.”

Brianna Walker, age 14, is the daughter of Bo and Cindy Walker and granddaughter of Al and Ila Wilson and Joe and Janice Walker.

Walker plans include finishing high school, become a FBI investigator and eventually getting married. She enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, writing stories and showing livestock.  Walker also participates in FFA, food can drives, coat drives and is a member of an honor role. Walker will be presenting a monologue at the competition.

Heather McTee, age 14, is the daughter of Sondra and Jeremy Sumner and is the granddaughter of Shirley and Dale Craddock and Patsy Webb.

She would like to go to school for cosmetology. She enjoys exercising, dancing and music. She is a member of the Addington Baptist Youth Group. McTee will be performing the “Star-spangled Banner”  in sign language.