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March 30, 2014

Lewis named 2014 Miss Velma-Alma

VELMA — There she is, Miss Velma-Alma 2014,  Senior Sidney Lewis.

A packed house gathered in the Velma-Alma public school auditorium on Friday night to see Lewis selected over nine others to win the Miss Velma-Alma crown.

A 19-year-old senior, Lewis walked away with the crown after a group dance, a sportswear competition and evening wear competition.

Other winners of the night included 1st runner-up Jordan Layn, 2nd runner-up Pam Hekerman, 3rd runner-up Samantha Moore, 4th runner-up Lyndsey Carroll and Mr. Velma-Alma Trey Guthrie, who acted as one of the night’s escorts.

Lewis also was named Miss Congeniality while Layn  was named Miss Photogenic.

After the winner was announced, the crowd rushed the stage in a flurry of congratulations as friends of the winners snapped pictures.

The 2013 winner of the pageant, Shalyn Files, acted as emcee for the night along with L.L. Humphreys, and passed on the crown to Lewis at the end of the show.

“I always looked up to Miss Velma-Alma as she represented the community,” Files said.

Files said the judges were looking for someone with grace, poise and appropriateness in dress attire as the winner of the show.

2009 Miss Velma-Alma Micah Thompson said the event’s opening number, in which contestants danced before being introduced to the audience, took the most time to perfect.

“The dance is usually the longest part of rehearsals,” Thompson said. “You have to get choreography done and memorize the movements.”

Other former Miss Velma-Alma winners were in attendance, and L.L. Humphreys introduced the audience to them at the beginning of the show.

This year’s competition was chosen a bit differently from previous years due to the smaller class sizes, Pageant Director Melinda Childress said.

In previous years, the student body voted on who would take part in the competition, but this year there was an application process that  allowed students to apply. If their grade point average was up to par, they were allowed into the competition.

Childress, who was also Miss Velma-Alma 1995, said the girls in the pageant rehearsed every night after spring break, some times until midnight.


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