Randolph Christmas Pageant Series presented

Submitted photos Younger contestants include: front row, Hadlie Jack, Racelynn Waugaman and Adalynn Brown. Gwynneth Walters is in the back.

ELKINS — The first-ever Randolph County Christmas Pageant Series took place Nov. 17 at Elkins High School auditorium.

The entire afternoon was magical and glowed with the Christmas spirit. The pageant consisted of a Warm Winter Wear Walk-On Category, a high energy showcase of the Christmas Character Category, and the Evening Gown with on-stage interviews categories.

There were seven age group divisions that were awarded crowns and plan to make appearances at the Elkins Christmas Parade, The Mill Creek Christmas Parade, the Gandy Dancer Theatre Mountain Memories Christmas Show, and other local Christmas events.

The pageant series started in the afternoon with the following “Little Miss” division, contestants and crowning.

For ages newborn to 18 months, the title of “Little Miss Snowflake” was awarded to Racelynn Waugaman, the daughter of Logan Waugaman and Alexis Cooper of Junior. This little beauty won our hearts with her royal blue evening gown and contagious personality. First runner up was awarded to Baylee Grace Morgan, the daughter of Randy and Jessica Morgan of Elkins and second runner up and “Fan Favorite” was awarded to Isabelle Mayle, the daughter of Seth Mayle and Selena Dennison of Philippi.

From left is Kierstyn Waybright, Janie Blackwood and Tyra Wilson.

For ages 18 months to two years, the title of “Little Miss Jingle Bells” was awarded to Adalynn Brown, the daughter of Gary and Lynnlee Brown of Elkins. She was escorted on stage by her father and glowed with beauty in her red and white evening gown.

For the ages of 3 to 5, the title of “Little Miss Holly Jolly” was awarded to Hadlie Opal Jack, the daughter of Josh and Rachel Jack of Harman. She charmed the audience in her gorgeous red gown and her Sugar Plum Fairy Princess Christmas Character Costume. The first runner-up was awarded to Halle Faith Reesman, the daughter of Craig and Heather Reesman of Coalton, and second runner-up was awarded to Grace Scott, the daughter of Brandon Scott and Caitlyn Varney of Elkins.

For the ages of 6 through 8, the title of “Little Miss Gingerbread” was awarded to Gwynneth Walters, the daughter of Brad and Melissa Walters of Dailey. She was the height of style and confidence in her sweatered winter wear, her Santa Themed Christmas Character and a gorgeous red evening gown that lit up the stage. The second runner-up and “Miss Photogenic” award went to Darrah Walters, also the daughter of Brad and Melissa Walters of Dailey, and the third runner-up was awarded to Lydia Cupp, the daughter of Harry and Amelia Cupp of Elkins.

A short break was taken with the Miss Division starting that evening.

For the ages 9 to 12, the title of “Miss Sugar Plum” and Miss Photogenic was awarded to Kierstyn Waybright, the daughter of Matt and Kassie Waybright of Beverly. She brought the Grinch to stage in her Warm Winter Wear, performed a high energy Elf Showcase for her Christmas Character and ended the night in a princess style pink gown. The first runner up was awarded to Emma Grace Hare, the daughter of Birch and Sherry Hare of Coalton.

For the teen division, ages 13-16, the title of “Miss Mistletoe” was awarded to Janie Blackwood, the daughter of James and Christiane of Huttonsville. She took the stage in the newest trend of Winter Wear Fashion of Sweaters, toboggan and scarves, made the audience smile in her creative “Leg Lamp” Christmas Character and graced the stage in her long-sleeved red evening gown that shouted Christmas. First runner up was awarded to Brooklyn Howell, the daughter of Amanda Howell of Elkins, The second runner up and “Fan Favorite” title was awarded to Madalyn Noel, the daughter of the late Heath Turner and Trasondra Noel of Norton, and third runner-up was awarded to Kylie Jones, the daughter of Jon and Tekoa Jones of Huttonsville.

For the adult, ages 17-24, division, the title of “Randolph County Miss Christmas” was awarded to Tyra Wilson, the daughter of Derrick and Christy Wilson of Elkins. She was a touch of class in her Winter Wear, delighted us with her Frosty the Snowman Christmas Character and completed the evening in a glamorous blue evening gown. The first runner up was awarded to Kendra Lambert, the daughter of Richard and Susie Lambert of Glady.

Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by The Center Stage Competition Dance Teams, Axis Training and The Gandy Dancer Theatre Cast. The Directors of the Randolph County Christmas Pageant Series, Nina Hebb and Molly Mongold hope to start a magical tradition for years to come. The pageant was hosted by Center Stage Dance Studio to raise funds to compete nationally.


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