Five Hills Scholarship Program crowns new titleholders
Special to Leader-Press
Three pageant contestants who advanced as members of the court but did not win the crown in the 2019 Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant unexpectedly watched their dreams come true as they ascended to the titles and took on the role of representing the City of Copperas Cove recently.
Mikayla Heileson was fourth runner-up to the Little Miss title in 2018 and first runner-up to the title in 2019. She was offered the pageant title when the winner could not complete her reign.
Sarah Callison, Mikaya’s mother, said that the Miss Five Hills Scholarship Program has welcomed her daughter as a member of the pageant family.
“I am excited to have my daughter be a titleholder because of the friends she has made and will continue to make throughout the rest of her reign, as well as the experience she gains by participating in the events each month,” Callison said.
Since being crowned Little Miss Five Hills 2019, Heileson has gotten to participate in a variety of charitable events and two parades.
“I like being Little Miss Five Hills because I get to dress up and attend events with my new friends," the 5-year old said.
The newly crowned Mister Five Hills Noah Spitzer was excited to assume the title when the reigning titleholder moved to Ohio.
"Being Little Mister Five Hills is fun to me because I get to meet new people and make lots of friends,” the third grader said. “I get to do fun things like being in the parade and representing Copperas Cove."
Noah’s mother, Chandra Spitzer, is very excited for Noah to have the opportunity to serve in a leadership role.
“Noah prides himself on being an example for others to follow,” Chandra Spitzer said. “I think Noah will benefit from this experience as he will see that there are so many things to do and experience outside of technology and the internet.”
Miss Five Hills Emerald Bentley was surprised to get the phone call that her son was being offered the Miniature Mister Five Hills title when the reigning titleholder moved to Fort Worth.
“My son is young and doesn’t quite understand everything going on around him, but I am glad that he is getting that foundation of a servant’s heart,” Bentley said. “Whether he is helping pick up trash or putting a smile on the face of nursing home residents, he is making a difference.”
The newly crowned royalty will reign through March 21, 2020 when they will crown their successors at the 2020 Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant at the Copperas Cove Civic Center.