Mr. and Miss PRHS crowned

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

Makayla Wis­hon and Jake Adams were crowned as the first Mr. and Miss PRHS Satur­day night at the ini­tial pageant spon­sored by Beta Al­pha.

Wis­hon, 17, is a se­nior. The daugh­ter of Lana and Bobby Led­bet­ter, she is a mem­ber of Pow­der Puff foot­ball and is a cheer­leader. She en­joys dance, cheer, swim­ming and hang­ing out with friends watch­ing Ra­zor­back ball. Some of her vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude be­ing a dog walker and cat friends at the Rogers An­i­mal Shel­ter, read­ing to chil­dren at the Rogers li­brary and she loves go­ing to the Pea Ridge Bat­tle­field Park.

When asked how, as an am­bas­sador rep­re­sent­ing the school. she would bring aware­ness to stop bul­ly­ing, Wis­hon said “Call­ing it out. Speak­ing about how peo­ple treat each other. Bul­ly­ing can be any­thing from just jok­ing to be­ing se­ri­ous. Peo­ple take things dif­fer­ently and you don’t know what’s go­ing on in some­body’s life. Your words do hurt peo­ple whether you’re jok­ing or not.”

Adams, 16, is a sopho­more at Pea Ridge High School. The son of Marty and Bethanne Adams, he plays foot­ball, base­ball and is a mem­ber of FCA. He is also a mem­ber of the Mes­siah Lutheran church youth group. His hob­bies in­clude mud­ding, mu­sic, fish­ing and work­ing out. Some of his vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude help­ing move play­ground equip­ment, help­ing on a farm, help­ing run chains for Pee Wee foot­ball teams and at­tend­ing church events with the in­spi­ra­tion that it’s im­por­tant to be a Chris­tian. His plans for the fu­ture in­clude be­com­ing a ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist and pos­si­bly play­ing col­lege sports. He said he hopes to con­tinue to help oth­ers on and off the field and be an in­spi­ra­tion for not only to the youth of Pea Ridge but ev­ery­one with whom he comes in con­tact.

When asked why he likes the club he rep­re­sents, Adams said, “FCA is an or­ga­ni­za­tion of fu­ture Chris­tian ath­letes on and off the field. Foot­ball and base­ball, I have a pas­sion for.”

He said he be­lieved the pri­mary role of a school am­bas­sador should be to pro­mote anti-bul­ly­ing. “To cheer some­body up and say ‘Hey, how was your day.’ To talk to them and get their en­ergy up.”

First run­ner up was Gabrielle Stills, 14, a fresh­man. The daugh­ter of Keith and Heather Stills, she is a mem­ber of the Drama Club, Theater, Ridgetones, Am­bas­sadors Against Bul­ly­ing and was fifth-chair All Re­gion Choir 2016-17.

Sec­ond run­ner up was Brid­get Willis, 16, a ju­nior. She is the

daugh­ter of Shane and Shelly Willis and a mem­ber of PRHS DECCA Club, Span­ish Club and she plays vol­ley­ball.

There was one con­tes­tant for Mr. PRHS.

Other con­tes­tants for Miss PRHS in­cluded sopho­more Kloey Even­son, 15, daugh­ter of Me­gan Bryant and Aaron Even­son; se­nior Kate­lyne Ball, 17, daugh­ter of Luis Caniza­les and Natasha Ball-Caniza­les; se­nior Colby Wil­lett, 17, daugh­ter of Tam­mie Walker; and sopho­more Lil­lian Peters, daugh­ter of Danny and Kelly Steven­son.

Each con­tes­tant was asked a ques­tion pro­vided by other con­tes­tants and one from the judges. Each spoke of the dam­age done by bul­ly­ing and the need to stop it, sev­eral said.

Judges were Erin Eid­son, Jonathan Eid­son and Amanda Ann Brewer. Au­di­tor was Brenda Flana­gan.

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

Con­tes­tants for Miss Pea Ridge from left: Gabrielle Stills, Makayla Wis­hon, Brid­get Willis, Kloey Even­son, Kate­lyne Ball-Caniza­les, Colby Wil­lett and Lil­lian Peters, and Jake Adams, the Mr. PRHS con­tes­tant, waited for the au­di­tor to cal­cu­late the judges’ scores and the dec­la­ra­tion of the win­ner.

TIMES pho­to­graph by An­nette Beard

Mr. and Miss PRHS 2017 Makayla Wis­hon and Jake Adams were crowned Satur­day night.

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