Carlyle Griffin crowned Miss Cougar | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 26, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 11:38 am
By CINDY CROSBY
The 2016-17 Miss Cougar Pageant, presented by the Colleton County High School Chorus, was held Friday Nov. 18 at the Performing Arts Center. Senior Carlyle Griffin was crowned Miss Cougar by Kelsey Reeves, 2015-16 Miss Cougar.
Griffin also was also recipient of the Teacher’s Choice Award, voted on by the teachers as the contestant best representing CCHS, as well as earning the title of Highest Academic Achievement. Additionally, she was named as Best Casual Wear, Best Formal Wear, Best Hair and Best Smile.
Graci Hiers was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers for being considered most friendly, helpful, genuine and outgoing.
Miss Entrepreneur was awarded to Abigail Branch for selling the most ads within the community. She was also named Miss Sweetheart Cougar for collecting the most votes for $1 each.
In its fourth year, the Miss Cougar Pageant benefits the Kermit Hudson Memorial Fund. Hudson, a 2012 graduate of CCHS, tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2014. A gifted vocalist and musician, Hudson was a long-time member of the CCHS Chorus and spent much time volunteering as an assistant in the program. The Kermit Hudson Fund was established in his memory as a scholarship program for graduates of CCHS as the Kermit Hudson School Service Award and Kermit Hudson Memorial Award and Scholarships.
Kelsey Samples and Stephanie Drawdy, CCHS teachers, served as co-directors for the pageant. The pageant production committee was comprised of Judith Vincent, Olivia Lee, Beth Frank, Amy Jessen, Nicole Frank, MyLinda O’Quinn, Keith Crosby, Teresa Manigo and Melvin Jenkins.
Olivia Lee, English I and II teacher at CCHS, served as the emcee for the evening. Lee is a former competitor in the Miss Texas Teen USA as Miss State Capital two years in a row and vied for the Miss Austin Texas USA Crown.
Judges for the event included Lindsey Cooler, a former competitor and runnerup for Miss USC who is communications director for Callawassie Island; Dr. Tricia Etheridge, a Ridgeland physician and medical director for Hospice Care of South Carolina who is a successful pageant coach; and Talisha White, a senior at Georgia Southern, owner of her own fashion design label and editor-in-chief of “Pageant Girl” magazine.
Griffin is member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars and is a Duke Tip Scholar. She is a recipient of the CCHS Good Citizenship Award and was chosen as a South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Discovery and Academy student. In addition, she earned All-State Choir recognition (2015, 2016) and served as CCHS Class President (sophomore, junior). She is a graduate of Youth Leadership Colleton and is on the First Baptist Church Youth Group Impact team.
By division and category, the winners in the 2016-17 Miss Cougar included:
Division I Wee Miss Cougar (Pre-K through second grade): Best Formal Wear –Brooklyn Stuard, Best Casual Wear – Brooklyn Stuard, Best Smile – Annabelle Cole, Best Hair – Brooklyn Stuard, Best Eyes – Annabelle Cole and Most Photogenic – Annabelle Cole. First Runnerup – Annabelle Cole and Wee Miss Cougar – Brooklyn Stuard.
Division I Tiny Miss Cougar (third-fifth grade): Best Formal Wear – Reese Carelock, Best Casual Wear – Reese Carelock, Best Smile – Reese Carelock, Best Hair – Reese Carelock, Best Eyes – Amaya Olvera and Most Photogenic – Reese Carelock. First Runnerup – Amaya Olvera and Tiny Miss Cougar – Reese Carelock.
Division I Junior Miss Cougar (sixth-eighth grade): Best Casual Wear –Emily MacKenzie Pinckney, Best Formal Wear – Emily MacKenzie Pinckney, Best Smile – Abigail Corbett, Best Hair – Emily MacKenzie Pinckney, Best Eyes – Emily MacKenzie Pinckney and Most Photogenic – Emily MacKenzie Pinckney. First Runner-up – Abigail Corbett and Junior Miss Cougar – Emily MacKenzie Pinckney.
Division II – Freshman: Best Casual Wear – Elise Walker, Best Formal Wear – Elise Walker, Best Smile – Elise Walker, Best Hair – McKenzie Crosby, Best Eyes – Elise Walker, Most Photogenic – Elise Walker, Academic – McKenzie Crosby, Second Place – Liana Kornahrens, First Runner-up – McKenzie Crosby and Miss Freshman Cougar – Elise Walker.
Division II – Sophomore: Best Casual Wear – Breanna Lynn Varnadoe, Best Formal Wear – Kendall Bell, Best Smile – Rylee Chandler, Best Hair – Kendall Bell, Best Eyes – Hermosa Sanders, Most Photogenic – Raven North and Academic – Hermosa Sanders. Second Place – Abigail Branch, First Runner-up – Katelyn Sightler and Miss Sophomore Cougar – Kendall Bell.
Division II – Junior: Best Casual Wear – Ja’Moni Sanders, Best Formal Wear – Ja’Moni Sanders, Best Smile – Ja’Moni Sanders, Best Hair – Hallie Robertson, Best Eyes – Hallie Robertson, Most Photogenic – Ja’Moni Sanders, Academic – Campbell Crook. Second Place – Kayla White, First Runner-up – Hallie Robertson and Miss Junior Cougar – Ja’Moni Sanders.
Division II – Senior: Best Casual Wear – Carlyle Griffin, Best Formal Wear – Carlyle Griffin, Best Smile – Carlyle Griffin, Best Hair – Carlyle Griffin, Best Eyes – Carson Walker, Most Photogenic – Carlyle Griffin and Academic – Carlyle Griffin. Second Place – Lauren Arabis, First Runner-up – Carson Walker and Miss Senior Cougar – Graci Hiers.