On Saturday February 27th, South Gwinnett High School held their annual Miss South Scholarship Pageant. Every year the South Gwinnett Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) sponsors the pageant. Miss South is recognized as the student who best represents a young woman with admirable qualities and ideals.
The first pageant was held in 1962 when Linda Smith was selected as the reigning Miss South for the 1961-1962 school year. In the spring of 1967, under the auspices of Sara Bramlett, the contest was named “Miss South Gwinnett Beauty Pageant”. Prior to her death in 1970, the PTSA honored Mrs. Bramlett by creating the Sara Bramlett Award. This award is bestowed upon the senior contestant who is the most cooperative and has the best attitude in the pageant. The pageant was moved to the fall in 1975 to give the reigning Miss South the privilege and opportunity of reigning during the school year from which she was selected. In 1987, the pageant was once again renamed. It is now called the “Miss South Gwinnett Scholarship Pageant” to reflect the educational scholarships which are now awarded to the contestants.
Through the scholarships that are awarded, the PTSA helps to provide an opportunity for the contestants to continue their education after high school and to further develop their personality, self- confidence, and poise.
The PTSA awards over $2,650 in scholarships, the majority of which are donated by sponsors. The PTSA will continue to accept tax deductible donations throughout the 2016 school year. Checks can be made payable to the South Gwinnett PTSA.
The 2016 pageant was directed by Genevia Freeman under the guidance of the PTSA Board President Yolanda Anderson, Vice Presidents Kim Tate and Genevia Freeman and Treasurer Alyse Seals. The pageant was judged by Marchia Mickens-Phillips, Victoria Bradley and Gabrielle Booth. Ms. Phillips is the founder and CEO of the US United Pageant System which was launched in 2004. This national system recognizes outstanding females for their outstanding achievements. Ms. Bradley attended Mill Creek high school and was awarded Miss Congeniality as well as first runner up Miss Mill Creek. She has competed in the Miss Georgia Teen USA, Miss Georgia, and Miss America preliminary pageants. Miss Booth is a former Miss Fulton County, Miss Lake Lanier, and Miss Hummingbird Festival.
This year we had 13 total contestants. Miss Freshman was awarded to Breanna Pierce. Miss Sophomore was awarded to Alexandria Chargois. Miss Junior was awarded to Keiaundra Easley. Miss Senior was awarded to Dazhane Moseley. The Sara Bramlett award was awarded to Taegen Dawkins. The other contestants were Courtney Lee, Kenya Stoddart, Jalen Cannon, Danya Simmons, Keyerra Sims, Kianna Freeman, Kaila Lattimore, and Kevornese Stoddart.
Left to right: Keiaundra Easley- Queen, Junior division Dazhane Moseley- Miss south (senior division) Alexandria Chargois- Queen Sophomore division) Breanna Pierce- Queen Freshman division
The PTSA would like to thank Cinderella’s Closet and Bravura’s Fashion for holding contestant workshops. The Gentry Shop for their tuxedo donations, Summit Chase Country Club for sponsoring the interview tea, Cady Studios for sponsoring the headshots, Kelly McAloon, STA, for assistance with the T- shirt design and printing, Angel Palode as the Interview Workshop Presenter, Jorge Castillo for creating the opening dance number, Westminster Presbyterian Church for their support and donation, Allegra Print and Imaging for the program book and the entire staff at South Gwinnett High School for their support and assistance.