The 46th annual “Touch of Class” Miss Altus Pageant was held Saturday evening at the Altus City Auditorium. Ten young ladies vied for the title. Contestants were Caroline Quam, Reece Vadney, Kristen Hammock, Lexie Herron, Jancy Jeffus, Marissa Bourgeois, Lana Spandley, Alexa Britton, Meaghan Dorn and Dessirea Knox.
Lexie Herron, a 17-year-old Altus High School student, won the 2016 title. She is the daughter of Lynne Herron and Shannon Herron. She plans to obtain a bachelors degree and be a special education teacher. Her platform was A.B.L.E. (Allow, Believe, Love, Encourage). Her talent for the competition was a Broadway vocal “Gimme Gimme.”
Herron also won Miss Photogenic, Physical Fitness, Pose and Elegance and a $2,000 Western Oklahoma State College Scholarship.
Meaghan Dorn was named 1st runner up. She also received Miss Congeniality, the Xi Delta Theta Education Scholarship, the Pizazz Award, the Art of Encouragement Scholarship for Community Service, the Rookie Interview award and a $1,000 Western Oklahoma State College Scholarship.
Reece Vadney was named 2nd runner up. She also won the Interview award. Third runner up was Jancy Jeffus. She also won the Talent award. Fourth runner up was Caroline Quam.
It was announced back stage that Lana Spandley won the non-finalist Talent award.
Miss Altus gifts this year include the official Miss America crown from Crown Jewelry, a bouquet of roses from Petal Pushers, a Lincoln furnished for pageant week by Jeff Wilmes of the Superstore, gasoline expenses to Tulsa for contestant weekend and Miss Oklahoma Pageant from Brewer’s Auto Supply and more. It was noted that scholarships for the pageant could total up to $40,000.
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