As it was announced, Aerial Ramey wanted to make sure that she heard it right.
But, indeed, Ramey did hear her name called as Whitehall Junior Miss.
“It was a bit of a shock, to say the least,” said Ramey, who was tabbed as the newest Junior Miss during the annual Scholarship Program presented on Saturday, Oct. 23.
“I would have been extremely happy wither way,” said Ramey. “We all worked so hard over the last six weeks and we all tried our beast to do everything that we were asked to do. We all worked just so hard, and it was a wonderful experience. I want to thank the judges, my family and my friends on stage and here to support us because I couldn’t have done it without them. This experience was more than worth it.”
Ramey was the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship for being named Junior Miss, while also collecting $150 each for winning the interview and the fitness portions of the program.
Brianna Cook was named the first runner-up for the evening, receiving a $1,250 scholarship.
It feels pretty good and it was unexpected,” said Cook. “I will always remember being able to connect with my friends on the same level throughout the program and being able to share a common experience with them. All the hard work did truly pay off.”
Kaitlyn Fiorini was named the second runner-up, receiving a $750 scholarship.
“Oh, this was absolutely well worth it,” said Fiorini. “It was so much fun spending time with the girls. It was amazing. I’m extremely happy — ecstatic. It was awesome.”
Other category winners included scholastic achievement winner Kelsie Benjamin, talent winner Paige Mason (a pointe ballet dance) and self-expression winner Katie Paddock, who was also named as the Spirit of Junior Miss award recipient.
“It means a lot coming from my peers,” said Paddock. “It is seriously an honor. The program was a blast and I love every single girl that was here with me. The self- expression award, that was a shock to me.”
“I am really proud and excited,” said Mason. “I worked really hard on this and I couldn’t have done this without the help of Sondra (Smith, who also choreographed the fitness routine). I missed a couple of steps, but I just kept going.”
“I am really proud that I could come back with an award,” said Benjamin. “It was a great experience.”