Miss Cherokeean Pageant 2021


Mariana Razo, Editor-in-Chief

Congratulations to the following young ladies who won awards at Miss Cherokeean held Saturday evening, March 13, 2021 at Gaffney High School!

At the beginning of the pageant, contestants participated in an opening number to “This is Me” where they showcased the masquerade masks they created, designed, and crafted to show their personality and to go along with the pageant theme, Behind the Mask.

The emcee for the evening was Brandon Watkins, a Ewing Middle School teacher. He introduced the 2020 Miss Cherokeean, Ansleigh Touchberry. Entertainment was provided by senior Kyndal Jackson, who sang Adele’s Someone Like You; juniors Addison Horton and Celeste Bohn who sang a duet to “For Good” from the Broadway musical Wicked; and Hallie Smith, who did a contemporary dance to “Sweet Creature.”

Contestants competed in a private interview that morning, and casual wear and evening gown later that night.

GHS principal Mr. Erik Gerstenacker, GHS Homecoming Queen Amareia Dawkins, and Miss Cherokeean 2020 Ansleigh Touchberry were on stage to help present the awards.


From L to R: Paris Cook, Brianna Parris, Erika Quinn, Anna Parris, Hallie Day, Photo: GHS

Ad page runner-ups – Jariya Long and Abby Hughes

Ad page winner – Paris Cook


People’s Choice Award winner – Ensley Alley


Academic Award (9th) – Jariya Long

Academic Award (10th) – Josilyn Hughes

Academic Award (11th) – Kimber Clark

Academic Award (12th) – Brianna Parris


Miss Congeniality- Brianna Parris


Freshman 2nd runner up – Jariya Long

Freshman 1st runner up – Jaylah Rice

Miss Freshman – Hallie Day


Sophomore 1st runner up (tie) – Mallory Garcia and Emily Largent

Miss Sophomore – Paris Cook


Junior 2nd runner up – Veronica Parris

Junior 1st runner up – Breonna Shippy-Logan

Miss Junior – Anna Parris


Senior 2nd runner up – Logan Swanlund

Senior 1st runner up- Ensley Alley

Miss Senior – Brianna Parris

Miss Cherokeean 2021 – Erika Quinn


Miss Cherokeean 2021: Erika Quinn, Photo: GHS