HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Thornwell School for the Arts crowned third-grader Zykiyah McLain and parent Charleen Gardner-McLain as the winners of the school’s inaugural Miss and Little Miss Heart of TSA recently.
The school hosted the mother-daughter pageant at Hartsville Middle School to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. All proceeds from admission and advertisements will be donated along with funds raised from the school’s recent “Relay for Recess.”
Mikeya Murphy, the current Miss Hartsville, crowned the pageant winners.
“This pageant was an uplifting, heart-warming event that allowed us to celebrate the beautiful relationship and bond between mother and daughter as well as raise funds for such a great cause,” Principal Dr. Lilkenya Jenkins said.
The pageant consisted of talent, formal wear and casual wear portions, as well as a question-and-answer portion.
“This was my first time participating in a mother-daughter pageant, and I must say I enjoyed myself to the fullest,” Gardner-McLain said. “It was an experience my daughter and I will never forget. It was priceless.”
Parent Nykah Mixon and first-grader Le’Asia Mixon were named first runners-up. Parent Carla Byrd and fifth-grader Kara Byrd were named second runners-up.
Chinel Boateng, community manager of the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division, praised the Thornwell community for an exciting fundraising evening.
“This was an amazing inaugural event,” Boateng said. “Thornwell pulled out all the bells and whistles, from emcees to judges, entertainment and décor. It was well put together. I can’t wait to see how they top it next year. Thank you, Thornwell, for choosing to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Darlington County.”