It takes confidence, grace and poise to compete in a pageant, and this weekend, three Clinton students captured titles at the Miss Amazing pageant.
The Miss Amazing pageant is based on the belief that “all people should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential,” according to the pageant Web site. “Through the structure of the Miss Amazing pageant and other Miss Amazing programs, we hope to give girls and women with disabilities that opportunity.
“In an atmosphere built around encouragement and support, we believe the Miss Amazing pageant can bring the community together and encourage further inclusion for individuals with special needs.”
Erin Jenkins, 13, participated in the junior teen division for girls age 13-15, and was crowned Princess in her division. Tremilya Bracey, 19, and Ashley Martin, 16, participated in the teen division for ages 16-19. All three are enrolled in the Life Skills program at Clinton Junior High School.
For her talent, Tremilya sang Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you.” Ashley sang LeeAnn Womack’s “I hope you dance” and Erin performed a liturgical dance.
“Ashley was crowned first runner up and Tremilya was crowned Mississippi Miss Amazing 2014,” said Lindsay Pardue, Life Skills teacher at Clinton Junior High. “This is a huge honor for Tremilya and all her family, friends, teachers and classmates are very proud of what she’s accomplished.”
Tremilya has the opportunity to compete in the National Miss Amazing pageant planned for Aug. 6-9 in Omaha, Neb.
Pardue said all three girls had a great time and enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the pageant.
“This was a new experience for them, and it was a great self-esteem builder and confidence booster,” she said. “I’m so proud of all of them, and I hope they’ll continue in this program again next year.”
The Miss Amazing pageant also focuses on community service; to compete, participants provide five cans of food that are donated to local food pantries and homeless shelters.
Ms. Wilbourne will attend the NEH Chicago Architecture Foundation’s workshop on The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation.
“I’m really excited to bring what I learn back to the classroom,” said Ms. Wilbourne.
“I think this conference will be beneficial because I’ll be able to get new ideas and perspectives from teachers across the country,” Ms. Wilbourne said. “I will also be able to get new ideas for my lesson plans and add the element of architecture to my curriculum.”
With her graphic design background, Ms. Wilbourne hopes to diversify the aspects of art taught in her classroom.
“A 7th grade art class can spark into a career,” she said. After this conference, she anticipates using the knowledge that she gained at the conference to create an architecture project in her classroom. The project may consist of building a three-dimensional model of a skyscraper or building.
Students in Ms. Wilbourne’s classes will benefit from her attendance at the conference because they will get to experience a taste of Chicago. She hopes to share the culture of Chicago with her students through her first-hand experience.
“The knowledge that Ms. Wilbourne will gain from attending such a selective workshop will definitely benefit her and the students of Clinton Junior High School,” said Anthony Goins, CJHS Principal. “As a first year teacher in Clinton, she has definitely been an asset to CJHS. We are very proud of her accomplishment.”Only 80 out of 320 teachers were selected for this conference. Ms. Wilbourne wrote an essay in order to be considered for the workshop. Her passion for art and her students helped Ms. Wilbourne seal a spot in the upcoming conference.
In just their fifth year of existence, the Clinton High School Indoor Percussion group has shocked the indoor percussion world.
The group took first-place at the Mid-South Winter Guard International Regional in Bowling Green, Ky. on March 23. This was their first year to perform in a higher, more advanced class. The students now advance to the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio on April 10-12.
“In this higher classification, we have learned that Clinton Percussion is currently seeded in first-place, worldwide, before heading to WGI World Championships,” said Kevin Welborn, indoor percussion director.
Clinton Indoor Percussion has already won the WGI regional competition in Hattiesburg this competition season. They faced four of the best open class groups in the southern region.
This group is composed of 35 students who form the front ensemble, battery and the group of dancers. Kevin Welborn directs the group along with music arranger David Reeves, drill designer Nick Benson, choreographer/movement specialist Karen Prince, CHS band director Mickey Mangum, and program consultant Alan Barone. CHS/Clinton percussion alumni Kristina Mulvihill and Mississippi College student Nick Hall also help with Clinton Indoor Percussion.
Their 2014 award-winning show is entitled “Sincerely.” The music is more sophisticated for the percussion section than the music for a marching band show.
“The show takes the viewer on an emotional journey of a letter,” Welborn said. “With music that drives the production, you also hear the contents of the letter being read throughout the show.”
The indoor percussion group uses only percussion instruments to generate the soundtrack and concept within the show. The five dancers in the show represent the letter’s “reader.”
Dance Sophisticates, Innovative Percussion, ON2 Percussion, Pearl Drum Corp, Pearl Adams, Remo, The Crown Store, and Zildjian sponsor Clinton Indoor Percussion.