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Savannah Harris crowned 2008 Miss Sharp County

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Poised and smiling, Savannah Harris, daughter of Eric and Shannon Harris of Cherokee Village, was crowned 2008 Miss Sharp County.

Harris said what she enjoys most about being in a pageant is the ability to get in front of a crowd displaying her confidence, and of course, "the pretty dresses."

"I've just always liked to dress up. I'm not shy at all and I like to be in front of people," Harris said.

Whether you are a county or state contestant, the motivation to participate seems to be very similar. Miss Arkansas, Ashlen Batson, was present at the Miss Sharp County contest and shared with the crowd why she enjoys pageants.

"It was always just a way for me to be the center of attention. Because of pageants I can get up in front of you and be confident in myself," Batson explained to the attentive crowd.

Also present at this year's pageant were former Miss Sharp County winners from 1967 to today. All who were present went up on stage once again to give a short update of their lives and where they are now.

"The fact that they were there shows that even 41 years later people still look at them as icons in our community, so even to be compared with those women was awesome," Harris said.

Harris' parents wouldn't allow her to participate in a pageant until she was 14 years old but according to Harris, much of her success comes from their unending support.

"I'm a really confident person and I believe in myself. I got that from my parents who have always believed in me 100 percent," Harris said.

Her confidence along with a genuine personality is what she says made it possible for her to win this year's pageant.

"I think the interview was the most important part of the process and I let them see my personality. That's what (the judges) want is someone they can relate to and someone confident to represent Sharp County," Harris said. "The judges can read your eyes. I had the attitude that I wanted to do it and I was going to do it."

One important part of the pageant process is for contestants to choose a platform concerning something meaningful to them. Each contestant writes a page-long paper describing why their platform is important. Harris' paper dealt with bullying in schools.

"I've always thought it was important on a personal level. I would see kids in school when I was younger being mean to other kids and wondering why they did it. I'm also into the psychological end of it and I've been bullied before so I can relate to people who have," Harris explained.

Although, like many pageant participants, Harris has lost before. She said because of that she has learned to fight for what she wants and knows that she will be in pageants for years to come. With her title as Miss Sharp County she hopes to set the example for what a Sharp County citizen can be.

"We've had a lot of things happen in the area with the tornadoes and floods and I'm hoping to just be able to help people out and set a good example," Harris said.

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yes she is a hottie

-- Posted by longtimegone on Wed, Aug 13, 2008, at 2:32 AM

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