Snyder High School junior Hannah Smith was crowned Miss Snake Charmer 2014 during the Sweetwater Jaycees annual Miss Snake Charmer scholarship pageant Thursday night at the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. Smith is the daughter of Ben and Christy Smith of Snyder.
Smith also tied with Crysten Ivy in the talent portion of the competition with her rendition of “My Hallelujah Song”. Ivy performed a song on her clarinet.
Caroline Lawrence, a senior at Sweetwater High School, was selected as first runner-up by the judges. She is the daughter of Jay and Carolyn Lawrence of Sweetwater.
The second runner-up was Casey Whoolery-Pratt, a junior at Sweetwater High School. She is the daughter of Heath and Misty Whoolery-Pratt of Sweetwater.
Sweetwater High School junior Abby McPherson was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of John and Jeanie McPherson of Sweetwater.
The theme for the pageant was “A Night in the 20s” and although there were just eight contestants, there was a variety of talent. Megan Carney gave a tumbling and dance performance, Caroline Lawrence offered a piano performance, Casey Whoolery-Pratt performed a song on her flute and Schyler Kimbrell twirled. Marisa Moncada and McPherson sang as their talent.
Miss Snake Charmer 2013 Kyndra Vaught performed her winning performance given at last year’s pageant, “Suds in the Bucket,” by Sara Evan, accompanying herself on guitar.
Miss Texas Ivana Hall was in the audience during the pageant, with crown and all, and signed autographs during the intermission of the pageant.
The night’s winners benefitted from increased scholarship prizes. Smith received $1,500 for winning the crown, and another $500 for winning the talent contest.
First runner-up received $850 in scholarship funds, while second runner-up received $650.
Miss Smith will begin fulfilling her duties today as she makes appearances during the Rattlesnake Round-Up, which goes through Sunday.