Brunswick Academy senior Hannah Waller has been named the 2019 Junior Miss South Hill. Waller was one of 11 contestants in the South Hill Junior Woman’s Club’s annual scholarship pageant, which awarded a combined $6,250 to the top finishers and the winner of the Allison C. Walker Memorial Essay Scholarship.
Junior Woman’s Club President Heather Elliott provided the evening’s opening remarks and thanked the family members and friends for coming out to the event.
“It’s because of your continued support that we’re able to continue with our longest-running event in club history,” Elliott said. “We have 11 of the most intelligent and stunning, beautiful young ladies with us tonight.”
Elliott also thanked all of the sponsors who supported the event.
Pageant contestants had already completed an interview prior to the event, but during the evening they all participated in an opening dance number to “The Greatest Show” as well as an evening gown competition and a personality wear competition. They also answered an on-stage question. Waller was asked what she would most like to be remembered for and why, and she said that one thing she would most like to be remembered for is her perseverance.
Waller is the daughter of Stephen Waller and Jenni Oakley, and she lives in Brodnax. She plays soccer and volleyball for Brunswick Academy, is class vice-president, and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council Organization, and the Scholastic Bowl team. She volunteers with Southside Rescue Squad and plans to earn her EMT certification and pursue a career in medicine. Every contestant chose a platform prior to the event, and Waller titled hers “Driving Away Distracted Driving.” In addition to being crowned Junior Miss South Hill, Waller was also named Most Photogenic. Waller was sponsored in the pageant by Oaklynn Properties, LLC. She succeeds the 2018 Junior Miss South Hill, Juniela Perez.
This year’s first-runner up was Britani Hayes, the daughter of David and Krystal Hayes of Bracey. Her platform was titled “Volunteerism.” KeAisha House was the second runner-up. She is the daughter of Calvin and Rebecca House of South Hill. Kaitlyn Lynch was the third runner up and the winner of the Allison C. Walker Memorial Essay Scholarship. She is the daughter of Heath and Amy Lynch of South Hill. Diamond Carter, the daughter of George and Shanika Williams of South Hill, was named Miss Congeniality, an award that was voted on by her fellow contestants. All four young ladies are seniors at Park View High School.
The other contestants included Delores Cliborne, Na’Kihya Ragsdale, Katie Wright, Autumn Floyd, Cierra Thomas, and Madison Ezell.
In addition to the competition, the evening’s entertainment also included an Irish dance performed by students from Dance it Out, and Miss Greater Miss Lake Country Dominga Murray sang her winning talent number, “Feelin’ Good.”