By Denise DuBois
On Saturday, young girls from the Phenix City School System will have the opportunity to don pretty outfits and participate in the inaugural Miss Red Devil Pageant. The pageant will host young ladies from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
This pageant originated with Loretta Baber and Sarah Weber who were looking at ways to help with FBLA and BETA Club competition travel costs and other costs associated with the clubs.
“We were literally at a barbecue together on July 4,” Baber said. “She and I don’t often get to hang out socially. We teach in two completely different content areas as well as two different buildings on campus, so we rarely see each other at school either. She mentioned she wished we had a pageant. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Within a week, the pageant was approved by Phenix City Schools’ administration and the word was out.
“We decided, in order to create more of a community between the high school and elementary schools and create some Red Devil pride, to make it a K-12 pageant for students,” Baber said.
Contestants will participate in pageant community service projects for service hours and those in eighth grade and higher will participate in casual or spirit wear. All contestants will get to participate in evening wear. In the final phase, everyone will answer an on-stage question. The winner’s responsibilities will include appearing in the Central High homecoming parade and Christmas parade, make appearances in all of the schools, complete service hours, and more. There will also be a People’s Choice winner.
“FBLA is one of the largest Career Technical Student Organizations, in the country. Everyyear, students at Central are involved with this organization and participate in competitions relating to business and technology, as well as field trips, and community service projects. Last year, FBLA organized a school supply drive for victims of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Because of their efforts, school supply packs were donated to over 100 students in Texas and Florida. This year Kendall Williams, a senior at Central, is serving as a state officer as the District 4 Vice-President. He also is a member of the BETA club,” Baber said.
The pageant will be held at the CHS auditorium at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. They can be purchased at CHS or at the door the night of the event.