DURANT – The third annual Miss Durant High School pageant will be held on Saturday, March 8 at the DHS auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The pageant will feature 15 young women as they compete in Interview, Casual Wear, Talent and Evening Gown. However, they will also perform an exciting opening number to the theme, Beautiful People, which will feature the current Miss DHS Brittany Trent.
In order to compete, the girls must be a student at DHS and can be a freshman through senior, and must maintain eligibility. However, all contestants must conduct themselves appropriately and be a role model and ambassador of Durant High School. Many of the contestants are involved in school organizations, sports, and/or community service.
Those competing for the title include Lexi Diessner, sophomore and daughter of Mary Jo Diessner and Greg Diessner; Brittni White, senior and daughter of Lesa and Nathan White. Christian Chaney, freshman, daughter of Ryan Chaney and Crystal Thompson; Presli Penz, freshman and the daughter of Jeff and Paula Penz; Claire Soltis, freshman and daughter of Merle and Cindy Soltis; Jasmine Lozano, senior and daughter of Susan Lozano and Juan Lozano; Miranda Shelton, senior and the daughter of Deborah Lamb; Lacey Elrod, sophomore and the daughter of Michael and Becky Elrod; Savannah Park, senior and the daughter of Misty and Billy Jones; Taylor Rhodes, senior and the daughter of Kim Cox and Karl Cox; Caroline Jones, senior and the daughter of Tip and Meredith Jones; Mia Casey, sophomore and the daughter of Craig and Brittany Northcutt; Katie Garlington, freshman and the daughter of Jennifer and Lane Garlington; Molly Pierce, senior and the daughter of Buddy and Kay Pierce; and Olivia Moore, senior and the daughter of Melissa Derrick and Kelly Derrick.
Awards given at the end of the pageant will be Miss DHS and her court, Miss Congeniality, Most Tickets Sales, Crowd Pleaser and Escort of the Evening. Miss DHS will be awarded over $7,500 in college scholarships provided by Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Murray State College and Carl Albert State College. Other prizes have been donated from various businesses in the community, including the Miss DHS tiara donated by Cricket Box Jewelry.
The Miss DHS pageant is a DECA fundraiser. However, it is also a class project, allowing all marketing students to plan and implement this special event. Students played key roles in all aspects of the pageant from conception of the theme and décor to promotion and producing the event itself. Durant DECA, led by advisor Tascha Bond, is a marketing association for students and one of only 40 programs in the state.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, which opens at 6:10 p.m. the night of the pageant. Or you can purchase tickets in advance from a contestant or at Durant High School Main Office. For more information or group ticket sales, contact Tascha Bond, DECA Advisor and Miss DHS Director, at 580.924.4424 or Tascha.firstname.lastname@example.org.