DURANT – Fifteen young women, ranging from freshmen to seniors at Durant High School, competed for the title of Miss DHS on Saturday, March 8th in the DHS Auditorium. The pageant was emceed by Courtney Maye, Miss Route 66 and former Miss Southeast Oklahoma.
Molly Pierce, senior, was crowned Miss DHS 2014 at the end of a very exciting evening, which began with all contestants performing the opening number to “Beautiful People”.
Pierce is a senior and the daughter of Buddy and Kay Pierce. Her activities include being a member of the Pride of Durant Band and a member of DECA. Her honors include being a two-year clarinet section leader in band, six-year All-District member in band, vice president of public relations in DECA and two-year second round All-State in band. Her future plans are to obtain a degree in business and minor in fashion marketing. Pierce’s escort during the evening gown portion of the pageant was Ian Duffey who is a senior and the son of Brian and April Duffey.
Contestants competed in Interview, Casual Wear, Talent and Evening Gown phases of competition. In order to compete, the girls had to be a student at DHS and must have maintained eligibility. However, judges were seeking to find the young woman who would conduct herself appropriately and be a role model and ambassador of Durant High School.
More than 650 tickets were sold for the event and many of those tickets were sold by the contestants themselves.
“The girls did an amazing job as they prepared for this event,” said Tascha Bond, DECA Advisor and Miss DHS Director. “Not only did they prepare for competition but they also helped promote and gather prizes from community donors. I am very proud of each of these young women.”
Molly Pierce not only captured the title of Miss DHS, she was also named Miss Congeniality by her peers. Her court included first runner-up Caroline Jones, second runner-up Claire Soltis, third Runner-up Taylor Rhodes and fourth runner-up Mia Casey. The most tickets sold went to Claire Soltis for her 70 pre-sold tickets prior to the event. Caroline Jones was also named Crowd Pleaser and Connor Ruminer was named Escort of the Evening, which was voted on by the escorts themselves.
“The community support of our young people is amazing,” Bond said. “Not only did the community attend the pageant, but they also donated great prizes to our contestants. DECA could not have made this event happen without our community.”
DHS Marketing students were instrumental in the success of the event. They were responsible for the development of the theme, music, set décor, and the production of the event. The Miss DHS pageant is a DECA fundraiser and will help further the marketing program at Durant High School, as well as help students prepare for state and national competition.
The Miss DHS pageant awards were made possible through in-kind donations from the community. Those donors included Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Murray State College, Carl Albert State College, Cricket Box Jewelry, Bliss Boutique, Brantley’s Flowers and Gifts, Studio One Photography, Rue 21, Crossfit Durant, Cherry Berry, Rock-It Fashion, Kopper Kettle, Asian Gourmet, Twisted Scissors, Westside Family Dentistry, 1832 Steakhouse,Hair Repair, Salita’s, Cool Rayz, Taco Casa, Hot Shots Coffee, The Medicine Store, Marie’s, The Pink Door Boutique, Merle Norman Kim Carlton, Imperial Barbers, Roma Italian Restaurant, Old Ice House, Main Street BBQ, Marco’s, Merle Norman Generations, Southern School of Beauty, White’s Garage, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Maty’s Jewelry, Pizza Hut, Hollow Tree, Olivia’s Jewelry, Leslie Spencer Photography, Love Always Photography, Smart Mouth Dental, Health Trends, Rayzor Blades, and Durant Daily Democrat.
DVD’s of the Miss DHS pageant are available for purchase through Durant High School, (580) 924-4424