Miss Cover Girl

It was a rainy day on Saturday, but many people headed to the 38th annual Miss Calendar Girl Pageant in T.H. Harris Auditorium. As people took their seats and brushed the rain off of them, they were greeted to a blue light show. Shortly after 7 p.m., the pageant began. Little did they know that a taste of New York awaited them behind the curtains. As the curtains rose, people anxiously admired the traditional opening dance that showcases every contestant. After a set filled with grace and poise, the audience showed their appreciation with applause. As the pageant drew closer and closer to a close, anticipation lingered in the air. The spectators had just witnessed what is being called a talent-filled pageant with the winner being nearly anyone on stage. After performing arts such as Keyshia Cole’s "Love" played on a flute by Shanica Thompson and Whitney Houston’s "I Believe In You And Me" by Chandri Morton, the race was as close as possible. As Portia Taylor took her final walk, there were a few things running through her mind. Then, the time came. Twenty-four women competed, but only 15 could place, and only one could come out on top. As Thompson walked to the center stage, tears flowing from her eyes, Taylor crowned her Miss Cover Girl 2006 – 2007. Thompson made her first walk as Miss Cover Girl, eyes wide and in complete shock. Afterwards, family and friends surrounded Thompson, all in high spirits. Thompson, throbbing feet and all, finally took her first sigh of relief. "Oh my God; thank you Jesus!" she said on what ran through her mind when she won. "I won something for the first time in my life." Natalia Stroman was very relieved after the pageant. "I’m on cloud nine," the first runner-up said. "I’m truly blessed; I prayed about it. I can’t wait to see what my reign has in store for me as Miss First Runner-up." Morton was also feeling elevated. "I knew it would happen, but I just didn’t know when," the second runner-up said. "I just wanted to cry (when they called my name). I am so happy and excited." There were also some first-timers participating. "This is a dream come true," said first-timer Volonda Harris, Miss June. "My most memorable experience is tonight. This is the first pageant that I placed in." The pageant also inspired observer Nyomi Lyttle, a second semester freshman. "This was an experience that I’ll never forget," she said. "I’m actually interested in it myself now." GSU student Francesca Heflin enjoyed the pageant. "The pageant was very nice and very elegant," said the Chandri Morton supporter. "The results were wonderful. Everybody got what she deserved." The tears from Thompson’s eyes have dried, and the rain has stopped falling. However, the deserving memories of the 38th Annual Miss Calendar Girl Pageant will subsist forever.