BELDING — “Don’t Rain on My Parade” was the song Allison Harrison chose to sing for her talent phase of the Miss Belding Scholarship competition.
That may be her motto for the year now that she has been chosen as Miss Belding 2014 and will reign over not only the Labor Day festivities but also will represent her hometown at various parades and community events this next year.
“I’ve been singing all my life, and have been involved in drama for two years and am very comfortable being on stage,” said Harrison, 17, the daughter of Rod and Brooke Harrison. “The on-stage questions were definitely the most difficult part of the pageant.”
The four contestants vying for the title at the Belding Performing Arts Center at Belding High School were asked two questions by emcee Ryan Ruble. The first question pertained to the individual young woman’s future goals and career while the second question was “If you were to be chosen as Miss Belding 2014, what is one quality that you would provide that no one else has?”
“The one quality that I have is that I try my utmost to be confident in myself,” answered Harrison, who is dual-enrolled at Belding High School and Davenport University. “When my smile hits the float, I want everyone to feel happy. Sure, you like to get candy at the parades, but I should be happy to be there, and I want my smile and confidence to show that.”
Ruble explained to the audience of parents, grandparents, friends and community members that Miss Belding will represent the city at the weekend’s upcoming festivities, and also throughout the community the next year.
“I want to be a role model for others,” said Harrison, who also won the Miss Congeniality honor. “I know the Miss Belding is involved in a lot of activities, but I also hope to be able to help at the Special Olympics. That is something I have done, and would like to encourage others to do. I’d also like to see if we, as a court, can organize some food drives for our community.”
Lauren Wolever, 16, the daughter of Basil and Randie Wolever of Belding, earned the first runner-up honors and will serve alongside Harrison.
Lauren Thompson, the daughter of Robert Thompson and Jennifer Thompson, was chosen as Junior Miss Belding, and also was named Miss Congeniality among the Junior Miss and Young Miss contestants. Anastasia Hintz will serve as her court member. Hintz, the daughter of Cathy and Don Hintz, was the top fund-raiser among the 15 contestants.
Maddie Hubbert, the daughter of Kathy and Jason Hubbert, was named Young Miss Belding with Kennedee Ferguson, the daughter of Shelly Ferguson and Brent Ferguson serving as her court.
Six year-old Hayden Nielsen, the son of TJ Nielsen and Brenna Kimmet, was chosen as Kiddie King while Rougen Preston, 5, the daughter of Elvis and Peggy Preston, was named the Kiddie Queen.
Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.