Since falling by the wayside more than 20 years ago, the North Hardin High School Scholarship Pageant is back, and this time it comes with changes.
The pageant is a fundraising opportunity for the school’s climate committee which aims to “promote a positive climate in the school.”
Alex Humphrey, teacher and co-chairwoman of the climate committee at North Hardin High School, said this means doing various activities and events during the school year for teachers, including a teacher appreciation week.
The idea for the pageant came about when a few teachers at the school who went to North Hardin and competed in the pageant mentioned it to the committee.
The pageant originally began in the 1960s but has not been put on since the mid-1990s.
Humphrey herself has pageant experience having competed in pageants for years and winning second runner-up of Miss Kentucky.
“I thought that bringing that to the girls at North would be ... a great thing,” she said.
A total of 17 girls are competing and will be judged by a panel of three or four judges in four categories: interview, talent, opening number and evening gown.
Humphrey said there is a twist in the pageant in that it is now more “academic.”
Contestants have to create a resume detailing their activities in the community, in school and their plans for the future.
She also said in the interview, which happens the day of the pageant, judges will ask contestants questions about current events along with questions about their resume.
Kaitie Jones, teacher and co-chairwoman of the school’s climate committee, said the biggest portion of the judging will be on the resumes.
“We had ... girls really told us, like, ‘We would never consider this before.’ But because so much is pushed on the academic side of it, they were eager and they were super excited,” she said.
Jones said contestants will be exhibiting a variety of talents, including playing the ukulele and reciting poetry.
“We’re very excited. We have some awesome talent this year,” Humphrey said.
Contestants also must introduce themselves and are asked questions during the opening number to exhibit public speaking skills and show their poise and confidence in the evening gown category, Humphrey and Jones said.
Two winners will be crowned: Junior Miss North Hardin for an underclassman, and Miss North Hardin for a senior, who also will receive a scholarship which is for any school or educational path the student chooses to do once they graduate.
So far, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in North Hardin, West Point Bank and Relogistics have donated money for the scholarship.
Jones and Humphrey said they still are accepting donations for the scholarship fund and can be reached by calling the school at 270-351-3167.
The pageant begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at the North Hardin gym. Tickets are $5 prior to the event and $7 at the door.