SHS seniors will compete in Mr. & Miss Bluejay Pageant

By Scott Bleile

The Seaford High School Bluejay Pageant will be held on Friday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the Madden Auditorium. Twelve high school seniors will be competing for the title.

Candidates for Mr. Bluejay are Justin Gray and Rosure Smith. Candidates for Miss Bluejay are Samantha Cotton, Hannah Doyle, Brianne Gray, Yeliz Kurt, Jordyn Lewis, Elizabeth Oliver, Abby Pearson, Iris Perez-Mazariegos, Sierra Snigier, and Kelly Velasquez-Perez. The winners of the pageant will each receive a $500 scholarship and the runners-up will each receive a $250 scholarship.

Candidates are voted on by their peers and staff based on their qualifications.

The Bluejay Pageant will showcase a variety of musical acts including solos, duets, instrumental selections, dance and poetry, as well as performances by the NJROTC drill team, SHS All-State choir, SHS County Band and the SHS Gospel Choir. It is a night for us to showcase the wonderful talent of the entire school, said SGA Advisor Connie Halter.

Qualifications for Mr. Bluejay include being a gentleman in all activities, participation in extracurricular and athletic activities, have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 and be involved in the Honor Key Points system.

Justin Gray plays baseball and is involved in Future Farmers of America and the Explorers Club. He would like to attend Albright College to play baseball and major in criminal justice and environmental science.

Rosure Smith played football and is a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. He is involved with the FFA, Talent Search and the National Honor Society. He would like to attend the University of Delaware to major in political science and someday run for an elected office.

Miss Bluejay candidates must be active in academics, extracurricular and athletic activities. They must have a GPA of at least 2.8 and be involved in the Honor Key Points system.

Samantha Cotton is a member of the SHS field hockey team, co-captain of the swim team and plays golf. She is involved with Student Government, HOSA, Interact, Business Persons of America, NHS, and Principal Advisory and is senior class historian. She is not sure what college she will attend but knows she would like to swim in college.

Hannah Doyle is the captain of the cross country team and plays on the field hockey and swim teams. She is co-president of the senior class. She is involved in NHS, Talent Search, Math League, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Principal Advisory committee. She wants to attend Rowan College and major in bio-medical engineering.

Brianne Gray, vice-president of Interact, is involved with NHS and STEM, serves as Sight and Sound stage manager, and is a Great Kindness Challenge leader.

She wants to attend Delaware Technical and Community College to earn a human service degree with a music pathway.

Yeliz Kurt plays girls soccer and field hockey and swims. She is the state president of the Family Career Community Leaders of America and is involved with HOSA, NHS, and STEM. She wants to attend the University of Delaware to major in medical laboratory science. Yeliz is also the Aloha Yearbook co-editor.

Jordyn Lewis is a member of the field hockey and tennis teams. She is involved with Key Club, NHS, Principal Advisory Committee, Talent Search, Pathways to Success and the Girls Summit Group. She wants to attend Towson University to major in political science.

Elizabeth Oliver plays field hockey, is the co-captain of the swim team and also plays softball. Additional school activities include Key Club, Principal Advisory Committee, and Talent Search. She is the secretary of the senior class and historian of the NHS. She represented SHS in the Blue/Gold Field Hockey game. She wants to major in special education at East Carolina University.

Abby Pearson, co-captain of the tennis team, is the treasurer of the Key Club, is involved with the SGA, Talent Search and Principal Advisory Committee, and is co-president of the senior class and NHS treasurer. She would like to attend James Madison University to major in speech pathology.

Iris Perez-Mazariegos plays on the tennis team. She is president of Interact, recording secretary of the Key Club, co-editor of the yearbook, and is involved with STEM and Talent Search. She plans to attend the University of Delaware to study environmental studies to become a conservationist scientist.

Sierra Snigier plays field hockey and tennis. She is president of the Key Club and FFA reporter. She is involved with STEM, Principal Advisory Committee, SGA, Talent Search, NHS, and FFA and is on the school districts Public Relations Committee. She is also involved in an internship with the City of Seaford. She is undecided as to which college to attend but wants to go into public relations.

Kelly Velasquez-Perez plays soccer and is on the swim team. She is involved with the SGA, treasurer of the senior class and a member of the NHS. She is also involved with the marching band, STEM, HOSA, and Talent Search. She wants to major in medical diagnostics but has not picked a college yet.

The Bluejay Pageant is sponsored by the Student Government Association. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for students. Children under age 10 are free. Tickets are available on the night of the pageant in the main lobby.

Proceeds benefit the SGA scholarship fund.

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