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Beyond the Crown

An inside look at school pageants

Posted: February 9, 2017 2:26 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Emily Seay

It is that time of year again when school pageants are in full swing -- shopping for outfits, having alterations made, making appointments for hair, nails and make-up. Then there’s enduring hours of practice, learning new dances, getting the “walk and turn” down to a science, all the while you just “keep smiling” -- it is truly a crazy, fun time!

I participated in Mr. LE as a “sweetheart” on Jan. 28. I attended meetings, sold tickets and found the perfect dress to wear. I made appointments to get my hair, nails and make-up done. When the week of the pageant came I was stressed to say the least. It was juggling school work, appointments and attending practice Wednesday to Friday from after school until everything had been run through, practiced and repeated. Finally Saturday approached – that’s when things really got stressful!

Saturday I got up, and got packing. I had to find shoes, bag up my dress, box up earrings and pack my bag. Four o’clock approached and it was time to do hair and make-up; time to make the final preparations. To me it seemed as though I blinked and it was 5:45, and then 5:50 and next I found myself racing out the door. This was just the right amount of time to get to school and practice the dance one final time before the show. 

While my friend whom I escorted, Jacob Whisenhunt, (who made top seven!) did not win, we had fun all the while. Our fellow junior classmate, Clinton Washington took home the title of Mr. LE. Congratulations, Clinton!

To think I was stressed that week does not even compare to this week. Miss LE is this Saturday and I am a participant for the second year. The week before is somewhat stressful; picking up THE dress from having it altered, finding last minute accessories, getting things altogether, completing and turning in paperwork, selling tickets, staying after school to practice all the while juggling academic responsibilities. A rundown of a routine for this kind of week could look something like this: nails Monday, hair preparations Tuesday, make-up purchasing Wednesday, dress rehearsal Thursday, and then figuring out what you missed over the course of the week and checking it off the list Friday. The order may change, depending on the contestant you ask, but the concept is the same -- the crazy and fun continues!  

Saturday arrives and we spend the day pampering ourselves and getting beautiful. The butterflies set in and then, front and center, you become a star.  In that moment, everything that you have done leading up to this night is so worth it. It is not only our time to shine as individuals but as friends and classmates. When the night is over, there will be young ladies who leave with crowns. But in reality, we are all winners because our beauty goes beyond what people may see on a stage in a high school setting. We want others to see the true beauty in us on the big stage -- life. We are all striving to be the best every day. We are all making our mark in some small way at Lugoff-Elgin High School and beyond.  And lastly, in the words of Dabo Swinney, we are striving to “let the Light inside [us] shine brighter than the light that shines on [us].”  

I encourage everyone to come out to Lugoff-Elgin High School for the Miss LE pageant this Saturday evening. It is an event that you surely do not want to miss. It will be held in the auditorium at 7 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door for ten dollars. Hope to see you all there! 



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