MS KHS 2019 pageant at Kingman High School participants (Photo by Emily Black)

‘Brave, Strong and Courageous’ Teens Compete for MS KHS

MS KHS 2019 pageant at Kingman High School participants (Photo by Emily Black)

KINGMAN — Tensions ran high as 10 girls competed Thursday evening in the 22nd Annual MS KHS 2019 pageant at Kingman High School.

After participating in a variety of categories, the girls, called “princesses,” nervously waited for the big announcement — the name of the winner and runner ups. The princesses were Asia Abraham, Brenna Hernandez, Cassydee McFarlin, Hunter Leyva, Jessica Scott, Katelyn Walkup, Madelyn Pace, Savahanna Walkup, Shaylon Hansen and Shyla Williams (Kat).

Finally, the moment arrived. Second runner up was Leyva and first runner up was Hansen. The winner of the event was McFarlin.

The evening’s events featured casual wear, beach wear, talent, formal wear, questions and answers, gratitude and appointing of royalty. The pageant was sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America.

Hansen, 18, brought along her little white dog, Marlynn Quinn, and proudly paraded him across the stage for most of the events. He performed tricks during the talent event, such as begging, sitting, and rolling over. “I’m here tonight because I have an anxiety disorder, and I want to break that,” said Hansen. “I want to show off my dog and show that not all dogs are bad.”

Shaylon Hansen and her dog Marlynn Quinn

Jean Meersman, along with Melissa Gonzalez, co-coordinated the event. Meersman said the pageant teaches the girls to be positive examples.

“I’m so proud, my heart hurts,” said Meersman. “I’m proud of the role models our girls are for elementary and middle school students. They are brave, strong and courageous.”

Katelyn Walkup, 17, was the lead dancer with two other contestants, her sister Savahanna Walkup and Pace. The girls performed a lively hip hop routine. “I am excited to showcase my talent,” said Katelyn. “I want to show all my friends how I have grown. I am nervous when I’m performing in front of people, but my mother told me I should overcome it, so here I am.”

Four judges — Kristen Gonzalez, Kristin McSpadden, Gabe Lumas and Brenda Lumas — studied the girls during each event. “My wife and I are alumni of Kingman High School,” said Gabe Lumas. “We think it’s important to give back.”