Junior crowned Miss Statesman at Strom Thurmond High

Megan Sherman, a 17-year-old junior at Strom Thurmond High School, was crowned Miss Statesman 2013 at the 2013 Miss Statesman pageant held Jan. 12 at Strom Thurmond High.

After the announcement, Sherman was crowned Miss Statesman by Mrs. Jett, the principal at Strom Thurmond, and LeAnn Gibson, 2012 Miss Statesman.

"I'm so shocked. This is a huge honor. I just can't believe it," Sherman said to family and friends gathered to congratulate her.

"We are so proud of her and everything she does," said her parents, Scott and Donna Sherman.

Megan was one of 25 girls vying for the Miss Statesman title. During the pageant, which was themed "A Mid-Winter's Dream," the contestants participated in a formal wear presentation, a casual wear presentation and a general question session.

Other winners were Amanda Biddlecome, Miss Congeniality; Jessica Johnson, Miss Freshman;Taylor Murrell, Miss Sophomore; Maggie Childress, Miss Junior; and Allie Jhant, Miss Senior.

The pageant was sponsored by the Strom Thurmond High School Statesman staff with advisors Michelle Smith and Libba Ingram.

Patricia Woods was the pageant coordinator, Steven Mckinney was the host and Margie Cassels was the auditor.

After a warm welcome by Miller Thompson, student body president, the pageant was emceed by Patrick Williams and Lisa Fountain, both performers at the Aiken Community Playhouse in Aiken.