When I started working at FIHS, I was very surprised to find out that they still did a beauty pageant in the hight school. As I've gone to see the pageant now for 10 years, I've seen that it isn't so much a beauty pageant as it is a fun experience for these girls to challenge themselves and have a bit of fun dressing up! It is a pretty big deal in all the schools. In the past few years, the dance team has provided the winners of the pageant, as well as the 1st runner-up! This year, Rozzie decided she wanted to try her hand at the pageant. Well, not this year -- since she first saw the pageant, she wanted to do it. But as the time came to actually sign up, she got nervous and worried and nearly didn't sign up. The teachers in charge of the pageant were great support and really encouraged Rozzie to commit. She did and the work began. She had to have a talent to showcase, so we got with her tap teacher and they got a dance put together. That dance needed a costume. Tap is a very casual style of dance so we had to be careful that we didn't get an outfit that was too casual or an outfit that was too dressy for the dance. I found a sequined halter style shirt at Kohl's on sale for $17 and then she wore her dance team capris and it was just perfect. When she took it in for approval, the teachers called me and and said we hit the nail on the head - thanks for not going overboard. After solidifying the talent, Rozzie had to decide on a platform - a cause that she would support as Miss FIHS - and write a one minute monologue explaining it. Then came the casual wear (casual as opposed to formal). The casual wear is worn for the interview. Rozzie's best friend's mom is a stylist for Banana Republic and is always dressed to the nines, so Rozzie asked her to come along shopping for the perfect outfit. We ahd a good time and found something really nice. Next was the dreaded formal wear. Rozzie knew our guidelines and found a most amazing dress at Dillards. We had only been shopping for 3 hours and 2 stores when we found it. The most dreaded part actually went very smoothly. Then there were shoes and accessories to get.
Rozzie balanced dance team practices and pageant practices for the past 2 months. It all finally came to fruition this past Thursday night. Rozzie was very nervous about her monologue and, if she made finals, the on-stage question. I was plenty nervous for her, too. I had been a good mom and not taken advantage of my teacher status to go in and "peek" at practices so I hadn't seen anyone else's talents or anything. The dance team always comes together to support their contestants. However, this year, they only had one to cheer for so Rozzie got all their attention!! It was great to turn around and see this:
|FIDT - Rozzie's cheer section|
Then it was time for the formal wear portion. Travis was her escort. Men's Warehouse donates the tuxedos for all the dads/grandpas/brothers. I have to say, Rozzie's dress was the best one on stage. The proof that I have for that is the number of students that told me so today!! I had one student who never wears the same thing twice marched right up to my desk and demanded to know where we found Rozzie's dress and that it was the best one of the night. I think she looked beautiful. Ok, you got me. The dress is magenta so of course I think it is the best!! After the formal wear presentation, the top four were announced. Rozzie was the last of the four called (in no particular order!!). She was just stunned. Well, those four girls had to answer an on-stage question. Rozzie was the last to go and she got the question of her life: If you could choose anyone, who would you choose to sit down and have dinner with? Well of course, Kate Middleton. She kindof laughed as she said it and her cheering section all cheered for her because it was the answer they were expecting. Then it was time for the big announcement. They called off 3rd runner-up. Then 2nd runner-up. Rozzie was called as 1st runner-up and was just thrilled. The girl that won is said to be a very humble, nice, smart girl. Rozzie reported that she was really happy with the winner. Then it was picture time:
|Miss FIHS 1st Runner-Up|
|A number of the dance team girls. They were so good to her!!|
|Rozzie and her dance team coach, Mrs. Connell|
|Mrs. Walker runs the pageant and is the heart and soul of the school.|
I did not take pictures during the pageant - it was dark and we were behind a row of people. There was a photographer and I'll be sure to order a few of his photos when they are available. The school TV production crew videoed the pageant and the DVD will be available before the end of school. We were exhausted today, but are still very excited. It has been a good year, so far. No complaints.