UNION COUNTY — Haley Palmer has been chosen as the 2014 Miss Union County High School.
She was crowned by Miss UCHS 2013 Bess Lawson on Feb. 1.
Miss Palmer, the daughter of Ronda Adams-Palmer and Lance Palmer, achieved this honor by scoring the most points out of a field of 11 young ladies. The points are based on school and community involvement, communication skills, poise, and overall appearance.
She received a perfect score on her pre-pageant interview and won the opening introduction and evening wear competitions.
“Winning the crown of Miss UCHS was one of the most exciting moments in my life, ” Palmer said. “Participating in the pageant gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of majoring in communications and hopefully one day to be on the sidelines with ESPN. I would like to thank everyone for the support I was given and also a huge thanks to Ms. Jane Turnage and Miss Jana Crocker for everything they do and for making the pageant a lot of fun.”
The contestants were chosen to represent clubs or organizations at UCHS. Miss Palmer represented the Student Government Association.
Each contestant chose her own escort, and the fculty and staff voted for the young man to be crowned Mr. UCHS. Jamarcus Henderson, the escort of Briana Spencer, won this title.
Miss Congeniality and first runner-up, Alana Wright, represented the JROTC program. She is the daughter of Paula and Keith Wright and was escorted by J.C. Fore.
Winner of the Casual Wear competition and second runner-up was Ashley Newton who represented the Science Club. She is the daughter of Tami and Randy Newton and was escorted by Bailey Quinn.
Top Ad Seller Taylor Peahuff, who raised more than $700, was third runner-up. She represented the National Honor Society. She also received a perfect score on the pre-pageant interview. She is the daughter of Michelle and Marty Shugart and was escorted by Aaron Bailey.
Denisha Means, who represented the Beta Club, was awarded fourth runner-up. She is the daughter of Vivian Gregory and was escorted by her twin brother Detric Means.
Tesla Judy, daughter of Mary Lee and Pete Judy, represented the Gifted and Talented Music program and was escorted by Alex Heatherly. Chakira Worthy, daughter of Carla and Anthony Worthy, represented Future Business Leaders of America and was escorted by Dejuan Shell.
Chasmyn Smith, daughter of Mary and Brian Smith, represented the Interact Club and was escorted by Braylin Brown. Whitney Ivey, daughter of Gwen and Ronnie Ivey, represented Health Careers Students of America and was escorted by Hunter Cooke. She also won the People’s Choice Award.
Briana Spencer, daughter of Latasha and George Spencer, represented the Spanish Club and was escorted by Jamarcus Henderson. Cathryn Young, daughter of Michelle and Daniel Young, represented Quill and Scroll Society and was escorted by Grant Osborne.
The pageant is a production of the Gleam yearbook staff whose adviser is Ms. Turnage.
“All the contestants did an outstanding job. I would like to thank them for taking so much time out of their busy lives to compete in this pageant. They are all winners,” she said.
The pageant showcases the outstanding young ladies who attend Union County High school and raises money to cover yearbook expenses.
All of the contestants received participation trophies, and Miss Palmer also received a bouquet of yellow roses provided by Gwinn’s Florist. She will represent Union County High School in various events.
This story was written by UCHS Yearbook Advisor Jane Turnage.