Seaford High to hold Blue Jay Pageant

By Lynn R. Parks

As it has for more than two decades, Seaford High School will sponsor its annual Blue Jay Pageant this year. The event is set for Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Vying for the title of Miss Seaford Blue Jay are Tuyet-Kha Nguyen, Mekenna Richardson and Susan Velasquez-Perez. Competitors for the title of Mr. Seaford High are Austin Kraft, Richard Lamotagne, Trung Tin Pham and Nash Richardson.

Each winner will receive a $500 scholarship. A runner-up in each pageant will be awarded a $250 scholarship.

The event is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Advisors for the association are school secretary Connie Halter and math teacher Steve Halter.

Participants in the pageant have to be part of the high school's Honor Key program. In that program, students accumulate points based on school service and extracurricular activities.

Participants also have to have grade point averages of at least 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale) and have to be part of the school's sports teams.

Mr. Seaford High "is to be a gentleman in all activities." Miss Seaford Blue Jay "must present herself well and be respectful of others." Winners are decided by a vote of the senior class and high school teachers.

The evening will also include performances by high school students and staff members. Connie Halter said that there will be solos, duets, rap music, dance and poetry readings, as well as performances by the school's Junior ROTC members, the chamber choir and Anointed by Grace, a gospel choir made up of high school students. Steve and Connie Halter will also perform.

A little more than a week before the pageant, the contestants all said that they were looking forward to it. They hesitated to make any prediction as to who would win; "they are all winners," Connie Halter said.

All of the contestants are also headed to college. Kraft intends to attend Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C., and study exercise and sport science, with the goal of becoming a physical therapist. Lamotagne will study business at Morehouse College, Atlanta, and intends someday to own his own business.

Nash Richardson has been accepted at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he will be part of the rifle team. He plans to study either political science or engineering.

Richardson's sister, Mekenna, will study business at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala. Velasquez-Perez is going to Catholic University, Washington, D.C., to study biology. She intends to become a nurse practitioner, specializing in pediatrics.

Nguyen plans to attend George Washington University, also in the nation's capital, to study accounting and business, on her way to becoming a certified public accountant. And Pham is deciding among Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Drexel University, Philadelphia, and the University of Delaware. He wants to study computer science and minor in Japanese.

For your information The Blue Jay Pageant will be Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m. in the Seaford High School auditorium. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Children younger than 10 are admitted for free. For information, call the high school, 629-4525.

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