Haley Houston puts trophies down to go collect more.
Haley Houston Owns the Show at MPC-2018, LIVINGSTON, January 28, 2018 - Well, the annual Miss Polk County Pageant took place on Saturday night was executed to flawless perfection. Nine Miss Polk County contestants, and Seven Junior Miss contestants took the stage and delivered a show worthy of praise. When all was said and done, it was Haley Houston who rose to the top again and again and was ultimately crowned Miss Polk County 2018. The theme of the evening was the United Kingdom. Throughout the evening, classic rock from British Rock Greats such as the Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie and other classics were being played during the pageant (although, someone managed to slip some AC/DC in, which is odd since AC/DC is an Aussie band... but hey, they still talk funny... so hey). Miss Polk County, 1982, Jami Alexander kicked off the evening thanking the audience, sponsors and promoting a healthy, good cause. Alexander then turned the show over to Masters of Ceremony, Joel Cassiday and Aaron Kerss who did their jobs quite well keeping the show moving along while being goofy all at the same time. A new wrinkle was added to this year's show; the talent portion is now optional and doesn't count towards the overall score, but is a separate event to compete for. Of course, Haley owned that part of the show as well.
Okay, so here's the official results:
Committee's Choice Award - Tyler Jackson
Miss Photogenic - Gracie Griffin
People's Choice Award - Kenzie Bush
Congeniality - Haley Houston
Ad Sales Award - Kenzie Bush
Interview - Haley Houston
Talent - Haley Houston
Evening Gown - Haley Houston
Second Runner Up - Alyssa Rood
First Runner Up - Kenzie Bush
Miss Polk County, 2018 - Haley Houston
Miss Photogenic - Vilay Myers
Second Runner Up - Maggie Ogletree
First Runner Up - Tatum Smith
Junior Miss Polk County, 2018 - Allie Botello
When all was said and done, a fabulous time was had by all. Shows like this, where these young girls go onstage and perform in front of the whole town makes them all winners. It's more than just winning a trophy, and crown, it's helping these young ladies confidence in life and teaches the value of working hard towards a goal and the reward of completing it. Congratulations to all the contestants and Haley Houston and Allie Botello. Please enjoy all the pictures and videos listed below.
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Miss Polk County, 1982, opened the show.
One of Livingston's Top CPAs, Brian Jones served as official vote tabulator.
Joel Cassiday had the audience laughing with his totally silly impersonation of British Pop Star, Elton John.
Talent Competition (Editor's Note: the Talent is now an optional part of the show for contestants and doesn't count toward the overall score. Only 4 contestants opted to participate).
Haley Houston Played Guitar and sang for the talent portion of the evening.
Tyler Jackson danced and finger painted simultaneously and wowed the audience.
Kenzie Bush signed (sign language) the song, "Real Love" by Blanca.
Alyssa Rood signed (sign language) the song "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten.
For entertainment, Aaron Kerss sung the Frank Sinatra Song, "Foggy Day in London Town" and knocked it out of the park.
More excellent entertainment: Miss Polk County 2017, Riley Dunson tap danced to the Beatles' "All My Loving" and "I Saw Her Standing There".
The Five Finalists for Miss Polk County 2018 are (L - R): Marie Parkinson, Haley Houstonh, Tyler Jackson, Kenzie Bush, Alyssa Rood
Before the coronation, Miss Polk County 2017, Riley Dunson made a farewell walk.
Allie Botello waves to the audience after winning Junior Miss Polk County, 2018.
Riley Dunson crowns a worthy queen, Haley Houston, Senior, Livingston High School.
Haley Houston owns the stage and makes the customary walk as Miss Polk County, 2018.
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