Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Miss McKinley

The Black and Gold 1976

Annual Contest Selects All-Around Senior Girl to Represent MHS

 Applications were available the second week of the school for the Miss McKinley Contest and selections made within two weeks.

 Numerous sessions, directed my Miss Rhonda Adams, one of Hawaii's foremost beauty pageant trainers, in wardrobe, poise, personality projection, speech and make-up were climaxed by the October 17th crowning of a radiant Waynette Gallegos as the 12th Miss McKinley 1975-76. She was crowned by MHS alumnus, Governor George Ariyoshi. Waynette was also chosen by the rest of the contestants as Miss Congeniality.

 Coached by Miss Adams, Miss Gaile Sykes and Mrs. Peggy Anderson, eighteen senior girls accumulated points for their performance in three sections -- a judges interview, poise and personality, resulting in first runner-up Pat Labez second runner-up Wilhelmina Garcia, third runner-up Vera Shigezawa and fourth runner-up Franceen Lebron. 

 Instead of having the usual impromtu speeches where each girl would select a word and describe her feelings about it, honoring the bicentennial year, each girl researched some aspect of the history or traditions of McKinley for a 3-minute talk. This familiarized the girls as well as the audience of McKinley's heritage and traditions.

 Co-hosting with the masters of ceremonies, local radio disc jockeys Michael W. Perry and Lou Richards, was Deborah Kodama, Miss McKinley 1974-75.

 Promoting good will and spirit, Miss McKinley publicized the carnival by making appearances at various elementary and pre-schools and along with her court, presided over the carnival. Highlighting their activities was their presentation to the state legislature by Senator Wadsworth yee on Friday, February 13.

McKinley High School Class of 1977
40th Reunion Summer 2017

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