Aliyah Walthall: First Miss Garinger in nearly 10 years

Aliyah Walthall (center) became the first Miss Garinger to be crowned since 2004. Marie Manansala (left) was named second attendant to Miss Garinger; Alicia Robinson (right) was chosen Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. The pageant was Oct. 17 in the Garinger auditorium. - Photo by Ms. Keisha Bailey
Aliyah Walthall (center) is the first Miss Garinger to be crowned since 2004. Marie Manansala (left) was named second attendant to Miss Garinger; Alicia Robinson (right) was chosen Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. The pageant was Oct. 17 in the Garinger auditorium. – Photo by Ms. Keisha Bailey

By  Hydeia Wilfong

Thursday evening was definitely a “Night to Remember” at Garinger High School, which hosted its first Miss Garinger Pageant since 2004.

The winner of the pageant, Aliyah Walthall, will have the opportunity to represent Garinger at several community events, including Homecoming on Oct. 25. Marie Manansala won the title of second attendant to Miss Garinger and Alicia Robinson won Miss Congeniality. Special guest Ana Hernandez, a former Miss Garinger winner, presented the flowers and crown.

The contestants were judged in relevance to their talent, formal dress, answer to an extemporaneous question and an interview before the judges that was held prior to the Oct. 17 pageant.

The event was also a time to showcase a few more talented Garinger students, like Joshua Gainous who played a piece on the piano; Breille Whittman, who performed a song on the guitar; and Eric Williams, who recited an original poem.

Ms. Aisha Lide, a visual arts teacher at Garinger, directed the pageant. The master and mistress of ceremonies were CMS Teacher of the Year James Ford, of Garinger, and  Ms. Dinco Seakamela of Johnson C. Smith University.  Judges included staff members Ms. Rachel Lloyd, Ms. Ann Kelly, Mr. Nemal Patel, Mr. Chimzam Awute, Ms. Tamara Thompson, Mr. Brian Berlin, Ms. Kaitlyn Hollister, and Ms. Rhonda  Wright.  The auditors included Ms. Tomeka Barbour, Mr. Andrew Pinckney, and Ms. Carrissa  Johnson-Scott.

The Miss Garinger Pageant was very successful and many people came out to support the school and the contestants.

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