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Victory for Victoria Bohannon, the new festival queen

With the rain peppering down outside, the reign of a victorious Victoria Bohannon began the night of March 28 inside the high school auditorium.
Bohannon, who used pose and pageant experience to claim the title of Miss Screven County Livestock Festival, will grace Saturday’s downtown Sylvania parade along with the seven other pageant contestants.
Last year Bohannon, the 17-year-old daughter of Troy and Susan Bohannon and Michelle Babin, finished second runner-up in the festival pageant. Sponsored by Ross Drug this year as queen, Bohannon has been in the pageant the last three years.
Now, not only is Bohannon the 55th queen of Screven County’s festival to celebrate agriculture, she also is the current Miss Screven County Relay For Life. The Relay pageant for 2009 will be April 25.
Amanda Starling claimed the livestock festival first runner-up, while second runner-up was awarded to Jemaria Jenkins.
“This is my last one and that meant a lot to me,” said Bohannon, a Screven County High School senior, after receiving congratulations from family and friends. Bohannon is part of a growing line of related pageant winners.

The brunette thanked God and her family for their support during the pageant and the preparation leading up to the big night. Bohannon has quite a legacy in this livestock festival pageant.

When Bohannon was selected March 28 by three out-of-town judges at the pageant, sponsored for the 39th year by the Sylvania Junior Woman’s Club, she joined her aunt Jill (Bohannon) Thompson (1991), first cousin Dana (Newton) Doss (1997), and distant cousin Miah Johnson, the 2008 queen who crowned Bohannon at the conclusion of the official kickoff to the livestock festival events.

“I look up to my Aunt Jill and Dana and I said a prayer before the pageant,” said Bohannon, who said she wore a consealed small golden cross out of the judges’ sight during the evening.

Doss, who sang a special as pageant entertainment, helped Bohannon with her vocals, the 17-year-old said. Bohannon’s grandparents also provided a great deal of encouragement.

“I want to thank my whole family,” she said. “They are my supporters.”

Although Bohannon has won multiple pageants, this was the SCHS senior’s last opportunity to be called “Miss Screven County.”

“I always would put 110 percent into it,” said Bohannon of the practices even though Bohannon admitted she had to leave early one Sunday when she had a fever of 103.8.

“This is just ‘the pageant,’” she said of March 28’s event titled “Cowgirls’ Twist.” “I had to give it my all. I had to do it right.”

On Saturday, Bohannon will ride in the morning parade and that evening will be at the junior-senior prom. The livestock festival shows at the agricultural center will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A smiling Bohannon said she may have some difficulty getting to the shows.

“I’ve got babysitting that week. I need the money,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve got that, but I will make it to the shows.”

At the end of April, Bohannon also will crown the new Miss Relay For Life.

For her talent, Bohannon sang the Kellie Pickler song “I Wonder.” During the “western wear” part of the pageant, Bohannon wore a turquoise-colored pantsuit with a  white cowgirl hat. Her evening gown was a white full-length sequined dress.

Bohannon also tied with Katelyn Whittington for the honor of “Miss Congeniality,” an award voted on by the contestants in the pageant. Whittington also would receive the “People’s Choice” honor, which is voted upon by the audience through monetary donations.

“Katelyn, she had a wonderful personality during all the practices,” Bohannon said of Whittington, “but when it came to performing in the pageant, she got down to business.”

The crown was compliments of Rebecca’s.

The first runner-up Starling, the 16-year-old daughter of Harold and Dr. Nathalie Starling. The contestant is a resident of Screven County who is a sophomore at South Effingham High School.

Starling performed a trumpet solo to the musical selection “Yesterday” by the Beatles.

Jenkins, the second runner-up, is the 14-year-old daughter of Bruce and Rozalyn Taylor. Jenkins, a SCHS freshman, performed a keyboard and vocal to a remix of “I Hope You Dance.” She composed the piece for the Saturday pageant.

Whittington, the 14-year-old daughter of Jennifer and Billy Bonney, performed a vocal selection from the movie “Titantic” titled “My Heart Will Go On.” She is a freshman at Screven County High School.

The other contestants in the pageant were Kayla Blackburn, 17; Courtlynn Pruitt, 17; Brandi Royal, 18; and Sarah Williams, 18.

The 54 former livestock festival queens were recognized as their names were announced to the audience. The queens present at the pageant stood to be honored.

Another pageant winner, Ms. Syl-View 2009 Linnie Frawley, was unable to attend the pageant. It has been a tradition for the new Ms. Syl-View to be applauded at the Miss Screven County pageant.

Sharon Thomas Milner, the 1990 festival queen, served as the mistress of ceremonies, while Em Hunter was the accountant for the evening. Her gown and jewelry were provided compliments of Scott Marchbanks, owner of Frills & Fancies.

The opening to Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” was performed by all the contestants and last year’s queen Johnson. The 2008 queen also performed a gymnastics routine.

Andy Owens, president of the Screven County Livestock Association, informed the audience of the upcoming festival events.

Tammie Lewis sang Olivia Newton-John’s “You’re the One That I Want” as she “chose” her son Logan, a second grader, as the “one.” Lewis kissed her child on the cheek at the end of the song.

As entertainment, Daniel Hall sang Luke Bryan’s “Country Man.” Kevin Rountree also sang as the contestants’ scores were tabulated in the concluding moments of the night.