An aspiring algebra teacher was crowned Miss Fox Creek on Saturday at the Kroc Center.
Morgan Manly, who plans to attend the University of South Carolina Aiken, received a $1,000 scholarship. Contestants competed for the title in sportswear, evening gown and personal interview categories.
“This is really exciting,” said Manly, adding that she first thought it was a joke when her name was called as Miss Fox Creek.
Students from each grade level compete in the pageant, but only a senior can win the title of Miss Fox Creek. Scholarships go to the top three seniors.
Manly said she’d competed in the pageant twice before.
“I did the first two for fun, and I did this one for fun,” she said.
The two-hour event featured the contestants in the three rounds of competition, with additional entertainment provided by Fox Creek High students.
After the sportswear and evening gown competitions, the field was narrowed to 12 contestants – the top three scorers from each grade level. The top 12 finalists had to answer an interview question on stage.
Manly was asked what she thought about the common core since she’s going to be studying secondary education.
She said, because students learn material in different ways, it might be good for some students but not for others.
“It depends on the students,” she said.
Other winners of the night included Savannah Jones as Miss Senior and Heather Bowden as the first senior attendant. Jones received a $500 scholarship and Bowden received a $200 scholarship.
Rachel Simmons was named Miss Junior as well as best in sportswear and interview; first runner-up was Kaley Turner; second runner-up was Halle McPherson.
For the sophomores, Olivia Floyd was the winner with Catherine Zeller as first runner-up and Katie Pfennig as second runner-up.
Chandler Thacker was Miss Freshman with Madison Taylor as first runner-up and Alle Floyd as second runner-up.
Allison Heron was named Miss Congeniality, and Elena Gallegos won in the evening gown and photogenic categories.