Many competitions and pageants offer a variety of titles and monetary awards. That is not the case with the Miss Brave Pageant sponsored each year by Cheraw High School. In this competition, winner takes all.
Miss Brave 2014, to be chosen among 12 contestants, will take home $1,500 in scholarship money for the college of her choice. There is no prize money for second place, or a runner-up, which makes the competition fierce.
The public is invited to attend the pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Cheraw High School gymnasium. Advance tickets are available at Cheraw High School for $10. Tickets sold at the door will be $12.
The girls will be judged in sportswear, evening wear and talent categories.
Those competing this year include:
• Sloane Lindsay English, 18, is a senior. The daughter of Celia Inabinet and Chuck English, she plans to attend the College of Charleston in the fall, then MUSC, with the goal of becoming a medical examiner.
English will be tap dancing to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” in the talent competition.
• Eve Nobles, 18, is a senior. The daughter of Wilbur and Teresa Nobles, she hopes to become a kindergarten teacher.
Nobles will be playing “Let it go” on the piano.
• Taylor Marie Freeman, 17, is a junior. The daughter of Ron and Allison Freeman, she plans to attend Winthrop University to major in elementary education.
• Anna Norris, 18, is a senior. The daughter of Jamie and Jill Norris, she plans to attend USC to earn a PhD in pharmacy.
Norris will be singing “16 going on 17” in the talent competition from The Sound of Music.
• Averyona Nicole Gainey, 17, is a junior. The daughter of Janet Rivers and Billy Gainey, she plans to attend Clemson University, and then the Medical University of South Carolina to become a pediatrician.
Gainey will recite “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth in the talent competition.
• Sallie McLeod, 16, is a sophomore. The daughter of Christie and Andrew McLeod, she plans to attend Clemson University, followed by medical school, to become a dermatologist.
McLeod will perform “Concerto in A Minor” by Edvard Grieg on the piano.
• Grayson Jackson, 15, is a freshman. The daughter of Rusty and Leslie Jackson, she plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Jackson will be dancing to “Stay” by Miley Cyrus in the talent competition.
• Mykhia Baskin, 15, is a freshman. The daughter of Takeya Green and Mark Baskin, she plans to be an entrepreneur.
Baskin will be singing “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce’.
• Kaylee Breanna Wallace, 16, is a sophomore. The daughter of Sara Taylor, she plans to be a forensics criminologist.
Wallace will be singing and playing the piano for the talent competition, playing “My Immortal” by Evanescence.
• MaQuitta Genae Butler, 16, is a sophomore. The daughter of Mary McQueen and Gerald Butler, she plans to become a pediatrician.
Butler will be dancing to “If It Isn’t Love” by New Edition in the talent competition.
• Kaitlyn SaVannah Britt, 16, is a junior. The daughter of Deanna Britt-Byrd, she plans to attend Coker College to major in early childhood education and minor in dance.
Britt will perform a lyrical dance to “Say Something.”
• Allie Castor, 18, is a senior. The daughter of Dan and Hope Castor, she plans to obtain a nursing degree.
Castor will be singing “Popular” from the Broadway musical Wicked in the talent competition.