A new Miss Sharp County was crowned July 27 at the Sharp County Fair. Brooke Messer, a first time beauty pageant contestant, walked away with the prestigious title.
Messer, 18, is a 2010 graduate of Highland High School who lives in Hardy. She is no stranger to competitions, although she has never competed in beauty pageants.
Messer transferred to Highland from School of the Osage in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., for her junior year. The new beauty queen said she attended school there her entire life before coming to Highland for her last two years.
Brooke's mother Rhonda said she has always made her children compete or take part in something every year they were in school. She said she did not like idle hands. This is perhaps what led Brooke to compete in the pageant.
Among the many activities Messer participated in during high school were National Honor Society, basketball, ecology club. Key Club and she was also the state 4-A track champion in the mile run. She was also a competitive cheerleader, served as class president for two years, was on the honor roll and was voted most likely to be a superhero by her class.
Messer accepted an academic scholarship to Lyon College and will be majoring in pre-medicine and minoring in business.
Messer is the daughter of Jerry and Rhonda Messer of Hardy.
She said she was happy to have met some new girls in the Miss Sharp County pageant. She hasn't heard all of the activities in which she will participate during her reign.
"It is just an honor to be chosen, to have little girls who have done a lot of pageants look up to you," Messer said.
She looks forward to the responsibilities that come with her title. She said that being Miss Sharp County will also look very good on job applications.