Gracelyn Byrd was shocked when her name was announced as the winner of the Miss Fox Creek High School pageant on Saturday.
Minutes after the announcement, the 18-year-old was still in awe of her accomplishment.
“It’s crazy. I never imagined being Miss Fox Creek,” she said. “All of these girls worked hard, and I thought they all deserved to win. They were all great.”
What made winning even more surprising to her was that the pageant was her first.
“It’s my senior year so I wanted to try something new this year,” she said. “I had to practice a lot, especially in my heels.”
Byrd competed with 33 other contestants at Grace United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center in front of a nearly full audience.
The Western-themed pageant, sponsored by the PTCA, featured casual wear and evening-gown categories. The top 13 then went on to compete in the interview round.
Byrd answered a question about whether she was disappointed or “hilariously glad” that it has not snowed this winter. She answered by noting that the advantage of living in South Carolina is that it is warm year-round.
In addition to being named Miss Fox Creek, she also was voted as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.
“That made me feel so good,” she said of the title.
She said the experience might lead her to consider participating in other pageants.
“I had a really good time doing this and bonding with the other girls,” she said.
Byrd is active in Beta Club, Interact and Senior Advisory. She is the daughter of Lanny Byrd. She will receive a $500 scholarship.