HIGHLANDS The 57th Annual Miss Highlands Pageant was held last Saturday, with ten girls competing for the top title, and another ten competing for the junior honors. Two competitions were held, at 2 and 7 pm at the Highlands Junior School auditorium, with a full crowd in the audience hoping their favorite would take away the title.
The Pageant show was emceed by Baytown police assistant chief David Alford and the 2013 Miss Highlands, Taylor Moser.
Originally the pageant was part of the Highlands Jamboree, but in recent years has been sponsored and run by the Highlands Horizons. Pageant directors for Miss Highlands are Norma Cotten, Pam White, Carol Forrest, Chrissa Teel, and Becky Baumbach. Directors for Junior Miss Highlands are Ashley Forrest, Delene Cotten, Kathryn Dunlop, Laura Little, and Jamie Gonzalez.
The pageant receives strong support from the greater Highlands business community, and Goose Creek schools.
This year the theme was Salute to the Armed Forces with decorations on that theme, and a donation bin to benefit the USO.
Proceeds from the pageant are used by the Horizons for scholarships, and to help needy families in the community. In 2013 the organization was able to award 12 scholarships to deserving graduates.
Contestants competed and were judged in casual wear modeling, talent, dress modeling, and interview questions and responses.
An additional award, the Jennie Robbins Community Service Award, was given to Katlyn Burns for community mindedness and dedicating her time to serve and help others. Presented by Kathryn Robbins-Dunlop.