Pageantry struts its way into JC


Photo courtesy Brianna George

Senior Brianna George welcomes home soldiers at BWI as part of Operation Welcome Home. George handed out bags with snacks and welcome home cards to dozens of soldiers.

JC will hold the first ever Miss Patriot pageant competition on March 29 in the auditorium.

Senior Brianna George wanted to bring something she was very passionate about to the JC community for her senior project: pageants.

“Pageantry has bridged my life from my teen years into my young adulthood and my public speaking abilities and confidence have been greatly enhanced,” George said.

“I’ve been in pageantry since 2009. I’ve been to states, nationals, and won a local title, Miss Anne Arundel County’s Outstanding Teen 2013,” George said. “I want to give girls in my community the same opportunity I had in finding myself.

Each contestant must attend JC and may be in any grade level. On the night of the pageant, around 20 girls will take the stage to be judged by five “surprise judges.”

“I know the judges but I want it to be a surprise until the night of the pageant,” George said.

The pageant will be divided into four parts. First, each girl will have a one-on-one interview with the judges, starting a 6 p.m. The pageant will then start at 7 p.m. with the opening number.

The opening number consists of a dance performed by all the contestants and introductions to each contestant. In addition, each girl will be asked a random question by the judges while on stage.

This segment is then followed by “Patriot Pride.” During this segment, the contestants will dress in black and gold to show their school pride. This also consists of a dance number followed by a modeling routine.

After that comes formal wear. Each girl will wear a formal gown of their choosing. Like the rest of the segments, this will also consist of a dance number and modeling routine.

Various talent acts, such as singing and dancing, will be performed by members of the Miss Maryland Organization in between acts.

After all the segments have been completed, the awards and crowning ceremony will take place. According to George, there will be a winner from each grade, so four total.

“After crowning, title holders will complete different volunteer work which will count towards the required service hours [for graduation],” George said. Contestants must also maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep their title.

“I think the pageant will be a great success and a lot of fun,” sophomore Lauktona Rimpel said. “I think that a lot of people are going to come a support the girls in participating and they are really going to enjoy the show.”

Caitlin Wolfarth is a Lifestyles Editor for The Patriot and