On Saturday, November 4th, thirteen young ladies vied for the coveted title of Miss Marlboro Academy 2018. The 49th annual gala centered upon the theme “Once Upon A Time,” celebrating Walt Disney and the Disney princesses.
Emmie Beck, Brittany Branch, and Jessica Sides served as producer and directors, respectively, of this year’s pageant. Crystal McInnis served as choreographer, and master of ceremonies was Dr. Scott Andrews.
During the event, special entertainment was provided by the Crystal McInnis Dance Companies, Miss Kelsey Hunter, Carson Woodham, Cayce Chavis, and Demarcus Benjamin.
Freshman contestants included Madison Johnson, daughter of Perry and Alison Johnson of Laurel Hill, Arrington Martin, daughter of Kenny and Amanda Martin of McColl, and Sara Madison Leggett, daughter of Ron and Gina Leggett of Laurinburg.
Representing the sophomore class were Mary Jane Lee, daughter of Luke and Jayne Lee of Bennettsville, Mary-Steven Blackmon, daughter of Steve and Susan Blackmon of Blenheim, and Ragan Liles, daughter of Matthew and Sheila Liles of Rockingham.
Junior class contestants included Anna King, daughter of Burchell and Stacey King of Bennettsville, Samantha Correira, daughter of Michael and Barbara Correira of Hamlet, and Gracie Robinson, daughter of Ginny Smith Robinson and the late Keith Robinson of Bennettsville.
Representing the senior class were Meredith Haltiwanger, daughter of Len and Kim Haltiwanger of Laurinburg, Maggie Harrill, daughter of George and Josie Harrill of Bennettsville, Lindsay Hunter, daughter of Troy and Michelle Hunter of Wagram, and Gibson McLaurin, daughter of Boyd and Sharlene McLaurin of Laurinburg.
Each contestant competed in three phases of competition: personal interview, fashion, and evening gown. When the votes were in and the scores tallied, the winners were as follows: Fourth Runner-Up: Anna King; Third Runner-Up: Mary-Steven Blackmon; Second Runner-Up: Sara Madison Leggett; First Runner-Up: Maggie Harrill; and Miss Marlboro Academy 2018: Meredith Haltiwanger. Meredith Haltiwanger was also voted Miss Congeniality 2018, a prestigious honor determined by the other contestants and given to the girl who made the experience most enjoyable.
Samantha Correira was also recognized as the “People’s Choice Award” winner, an award given to the contestant whose sponsorship board raised the most funds for the publication of the school yearbook, The Wyvern.