A girl whose philosophy in life is to “always do your best in all you do and eventually it will pay off” walked away with the title of Miss NASH at the annual pageant held at North Augusta High School on Saturday night.
Allison Brooke Owings, daughter of Laura and Allen Owings, said although she has followed the pageants throughout her high school career, the win was a surprise.
“I’m so excited,” she said. “I was not expecting this at all.”
Owings, who was described as “positive,” “unique” and “determined,” plans to go to Clemson University upon graduating and pursue a career in dentistry.
Her extracurricular activities include activities editor for the yearbook, Beta Club, National Honor Society secretary, Spanish Club, Student Council, Youth Appreciation Day candidate, Palmetto Girls State delegate and Five Two Break.
During the on-stage questions portion of the program, Owings was asked, “If your job was to show a stranger around town, where would you take them to best portray your town to them?”
Her answer was, “The (Welcome) sign says, Riverfront City. I would take them to Palmetto Terrace on top of the Municipal Building. The scene there best describes our town.”
The 38 contestants also competed in the casual wear and evening gown categories.
In casual wear, judges considered beauty of face and figure, self-confidence, body language, poise and grace under pressure. In evening gown, they looked for overall poise, confidence and fashion sense.
During the Farewell Walk portion of the program, Miss NASH 2013 Shelby Kenrick told the contestants, “If you’re up here on this stage, you’re already a winner, whether you take home an award or not. You’ve already accomplished a great deal.”
Director Lynn Garrick said the competition began and has stayed a scholarship program, with the money raised going back into the school and its scholars.
She said she became involved with the pageant when her daughter, who attended North Augusta High from 2006 to 2010, participated in the pageant. She first served as treasurer, and became director three years ago.
Ironically, the first Miss NASH was Becky Owings, who is the aunt of Saturday night’s winner, she said.
“It has been a great week and the girls have all seemed to have a good time,” said Garrick. “Hopefully, they left with great friends and great memories. They are all beautiful. That’s the hard part.”
Scholarships go to Miss NASH, $500; Miss Senior, $300; First, Second and Third Runner-Ups, $100; and the Senior with the Highest GPA, $300. Each class winner receives a fashion photo shoot, courtesy of Kirk Baxley with Fitz-Symms Photography.