Contestant #1 Allie Avery is the daughter of Anthony and Tenny Tanton and the late Stan Avery. In the talent competition, she will play a piano instrumental to “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast. For evening gown competition, she will be wearing a royal blue and white gown with a train. Allie has studied piano since childhood and been involved in her church youth praise team. Allis is “Wally the Wildcat” football mascot. Also in high school,she studies floral design/horticulture, is on the Student Council and is Junior Class officer. Allie also takes part in Key Club, BPA, FFA, Dare to Dream and is head Pledge in Hi King Klub. After high school, Allie plans to attend college and major in Business and in Engineering.
Contestant #5 is Natalie Cruz, daughter of Curtis and Kathy Wright. On pageant night, she will play piano and sing an original song called “Made of Glass”. Her evening wear will be a royal blue ball gown. Music is part of her life with seven years of school band on bass clarinet, plus private lessons in piano, guitar and ukulele. In school, she is ranked in top 3% of her class, and acquired 15 college credits during her Junior year. She is state-ranked as a Texas Music Educators Association Scholar. Natalie is also state-ranked in UIL Editorial Writing and state-ranked in BPA Leadership. She is a 3-year member of the Wildcat Color Guard. She is in French Club and in Student Council is Parliamentarian of the Senior Class for 2018. She has studied Tae Kwondo and was a Girl Scout. She is a member of First Baptist Church and has volunteered for numerous mission trips. She is also a Young Eagle and is pursuing her private pilot’s license. She also hopes to pursue a career in the nursing field following college at Baylor University.
Next, we will interview Jaci and Marissa, then spend some time chatting with reigning Queen Sadie Evans about her year representing Hopkins County, before she crowns a new Queen on pageant night. Listen to KSST and Channel 18 TV at 8:15am this week!