Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant 2020 royalty crowned, Ambassadors named
By LYNETTE SOWELL
The 2020 Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant were crowned during a ceremony on Saturday morning at Fester’s House at Copperas Cove City Park.
During the ceremony, scholarship checks were presented from local businesses such as WB Development, Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, Extraco Banks, and Mary Beth Harrell Law Firm to winners.
In addition to the newly crowned royalty receiving their tiaras, there were two additional royalty announced and crowned, the Five Hills Ambassador and the Five Hills Junior Ambassador. These are 2019 titleholders who will have the opportunity to continue their platforms until the 2021 pageant next spring.
The Five Hills Junior Ambassador is 2019 Junior Miss Five Hills Hayley Sawyer, who led events to help the homeless locally. During her reign in 2019, she clocked more than 1,000 community service hours, participating in clothing and collection drives for the homeless. She also raised $750 to support homeless veterans through Operation Stand Down Central Texas.
The Five Hills Ambassador is 2019 Preteen Miss Five Hills Kaydence Roberts, who during her reign raised funds and held events to benefit the Copperas Cove Animal Shelter and also collected pet supplies to send to military working dogs serving overseas. She also led the annual Howl-o-Ween Puppy Pawlooza in City Park last fall.
After the crownings were completed, the 2019 royalty had the opportunity for one last photo together, before the 2020 royalty received bouquets and boutonnieres courtesy of the Daisy Flower Shop.
Volunteer Pageant Director Wendy Sledd told the titleholders that she will be visiting with them very soon, likely via Zoom, to discuss upcoming plans for their year of service.
The first parade where the 2020 royalty where they will represent the city of Copperas Cove is the Spring Ho! Parade in Lampasas, set for Saturday, July 11.
The remainder of the 2020 royalty and their platforms of service are as follows:
Baby Miss Five Hills – Ariana Benton – providing for hospitalized children
Baby Mister Five Hills – Nakoa Ramirez – meeting the needs of the elderly
Tiny Miss Five Hills – Elliana Alise Bardo – Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful
Tiny Mister Five Hills – Dominic Pollastro – Supporting the Copperas Cove community
Miniature Miss Five Hills – Joslynn Kaylene Coombs – Bling for Bravery (children with cancer)
Miniature Mister Five Hills – Christian Aquino – supporting the Copperas Cove Community
Little Miss Five Hills – Alaya Pringle – Elimination of Hunger
Little Mister Five Hills – Jordan Hendrix, Jr. – Cards Across the Ocean (deployed soldiers)
Junior Miss Five Hills —Kadence Coombs – Weekend Backpack Program (student hunger)
Junior Mister Five Hills – Trace Hensley – Supporting hospitalized patients and veterans
Pre-Teen Miss Five Hills – Romella Spitzer – Autism Awareness Young Miss Five Hills – Elise Fuselier – The Effect of Poverty on Children
Teen Miss Five Hills – Parker Alexis Reed – Music Education in Schools
Miss Five Hills – Jasmine Hendricks – Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful/Recycling
Ms. Five Hills —Sandie Johnson – It’s All About You (female youth mentorship)
Senior Ms. Five Hills —Dawn Hale – Staying Busy—Finding Peace (elderly assistance)
This year’s pageant was a virtual event on May 30, where the older contestants competed by having interviews via Zoom in front of three judges. Additionally, contestants submitted a full-length photo of themselves in their pageant apparel. For the younger contestants up to age eight, parents submitted essays on why they entered their children in the pageant and how they will make the most of their year-long reigns if selected to represent the city. They also submitted a photo of their child ahead of time.
Along with the titles come more than $85,000 in prizes and scholarships, along with educational savings bonds for the younger titleholders and cash scholarships for the older titleholders.