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Everyone's a winner

By By Adam Prestridge
Kudos to Anna Barry and the staff that assisted her in making the Miss NHS 2007 pageant a success this past Saturday night.
This year's pageant broke several records proving that the hard work of all involved has paid off the past several years. Two years ago, eight contestants took the stage as they attempted to win the crown and last year 12 girls participated.
One of the noticeable changes, shattering all previous records, was the number of contestants in this year's pageant, 30. The prior record for contestants was 22. This year's total was equal to the previous record plus the number of girls entered just two years ago.
And for those who were looking for a seat, you are quite aware of how many people packed out the Northview auditorium to witness the crowning moment. Barry said the auditorium holds around 340 audience members and with the use of some metal folding chairs, around 360 were able to witness the pageant.
Unfortunately, some people were turned away at the door because of the lack of room and they truly missed a great show.
In hindsight, not being able to please everyone comes with success. If a movie theatre is showing the No. 1 movie of the year, obviously, it won't have enough room for everyone to view it at the same time – people will have to be turned away. In this case, Northview was putting on a great show, without a doubt the best one of the weekend, and there wasn't enough room for everyone.
As for the contestants, everyone represented their school with dignity and class and should be proud of their accomplishments. Whether you placed in the Top 10 or won an individual honor, pride is something each one of you can take home with you and cherish for the rest of your life. There were a lot of other girls who did not participate for various reasons, but you took the time and effort to support your school and entertain your family, friends and guests.
Everyone of you are winners.
Adam Prestridge is publisher of the Atmore Advance. He can be reached at 368-2123.