Area girls are crowned Queen, Miss Congeniality at annual Hiawatha Halloween Frolic

Wetmore High School senior McKayla Henry is crowned the 2017 Halloween Queen at the annual Hiawatha Halloween Frolic on Tuesday, October 31. She represented the city of Goff.

Herald Report

A tradition marked its 103rd year as Hiawatha celebrated its annual Halloween Frolic Tuesday, Oct. 31. As part of the annual event, area high school senior girls participated in the Halloween Queen scholarship contest.

Two area girls — Miss Goff McKayla Henry and Miss Sabetha Laurel Smith vied for the title of queen, along with 12 other contestants. The winners were named prior to the Halloween parade on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“Participating in the Hiawatha Halloween Queen Contest was a wonderful experience. I met so many beautiful, talented girls and made new friends,” Henry said. “It was a fantastic way to not only make connections but also to expand my horizons and try something that I would not normally do.”

Henry was crowned queen, and Smith was named Miss Congeniality. Miss Horton Callie Hoobler was the queen runner-up. The girls were awarded scholarships as follows: Henry, $1,000 (sponsored by Rainbow Communications); Smith, $250 (sponsored by Hiawatha businesses); and Hoobler, $500 (sponsored by Hiawatha businesses).

“I had an incredible time participating in the Hiawatha Halloween Queen Scholarship Contest though it was cold outside, it was my first time in Hiawatha on Halloween and it couldn’t have been a better experience,” Smith said. “I also was honored to have been selected as Miss Congeniality. Overall, it was a great experience that furthered my communicative and professional skills.”

About the contest

Contestants were required to complete an application and submit a letter of recommendation, as well as write an essay.

The essay had to answer the following statement: “As you approach the end of your high school years and look forward to the next four years, tell us about some important events or occasions from your past experiences and what personal growth you gained from it and why. Then, look into the future four years and explain what you hope to accomplish and why.”

The judges blind judged the essay portion of the contest. On contest day — Sunday, Oct. 29 — contestants presented their essay, answered two interview questions and performed a short talent. Henry’s talent was playing guitar and singing a song. Smith prepared an original humorous monologue.

About Henry

The daughter of Randy and Nancy Henry, M. Henry represented Goff. She attends Wetmore Academic Center. Some of her honors include Student Council President, KAY club, and TVL All-Academic Team.

Henry has been involved in basketball, school musicals and cheerleading. She plans to attend Kansas State University and double major in nutrition and kinesiology. She was sponsored by Henry Brothers Farm.

About Smith

The daughter of Rick and Shelly Smith, L. Smith represented Sabetha. She attends Sabetha High School.

Some of her honors include High Honor Roll, Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour winner and Burlington Tournament All-Academic Team. Smith has been involved in Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Show Choir.

Smith is undecided on where she wants to attend college, but knows she wants to double major in mathematics and Spanish. She was sponsored by Lukert Chiropractic and Wellness.

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