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Cheyenne Belew | The Chronicle

The Elgin Performing Arts Center was on display Saturday night for the First Annual Miss Snow Owl Pageant. This event gave members of the community a chance to see the newly constructed facility, which did not disappoint. The PAC was part of a March 7, 2017, bond proposition. The $36.9 million dollar bond also included the addition of a fieldhouse, grandstands, agriculture and technology building, classrooms, renovations, saferooms and security improvements. Construction on the center began in the fall of 2019. Prior to the construction of the PAC, students performed in the gymnasium. The center will now be used to showcase student performances and community events.

A facility request form is available on the school website and future performances include The Pride of Elgin Band, choir, and a performance of the musical Oklahoma! The Miss Snow Owl pageant was the brainchild of Owlettes Drill Team Coach Shala Palmer. It has been a longtime ambition of Palmer to hold a pageant in Elgin. Palmer says events like this in the area for young people are limited. She believes the pageant gives local youth an opportunity to engage in “healthy competition” and have fun. The Owlettes Drill Team sponsored the pageant, and its proceeds will go toward purchasing new drill team uniforms and equipment.

Although the pageant was organized by Coach Palmer and the Elgin Owlettes, it would not have been possible without the help of the Elgin Band Booster Club. Among the judges were Oklahoma City Thunder Girls Kayle Marshall and Alexis Newey. One “Snow Owl” and one “Sweetheart” was crowned per age group. The contestants were judged in the following areas:


The first category of the night showcased the contestant’s personality through fashion choices. Contestants dressed in attire that fit their personality. Each contestant used the microphone to state her name and age.


This category displayed the contestant’s “physique.” Contestants wore fitness or workout clothing.


Contestants had three minutes each to show off talents like singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument to the judges.

Formal attire

For this category, contestants wore formal attire or “best dress” wear to demonstrate their class. Below is a list of the winners for each age category. The Sweetheart category winners were chosen the night before the pageant as the organizers’ favorites.

Ages 4-9 years old

Little Miss Snow Owl: Londyn Robertson

Little Miss Sweetheart: Paisley Chathey

Ages 10-15 years old 

Junior Miss Snow Owl: Ella Williams

Junior Miss Sweetheart: Ella Williams

Ages 16-19 years old

Miss Snow Owl: Lauren Pever

Miss Sweetheart: Melody Veloz

Based on positive contestant feedback, Palmer believes the pageant went well this year. Palmer said she will likely continue to use the same format in future years. She would like to see more contestants next year, including males to compete for Mr. Snow Owl. Palmer said she may lower the contestant fee for next year in an effort at attract more contestants. Other sponsors for the event this year included The Curl Haus in Lawton, Phillips Music in Lawton, Scotts House of Flowers, Pink Elephant, Wanderlust, Hale Bent, Mirror Mirror Salon, Rustic Ranch, Woven by Grace, Shorty Slims, The Brown family, The Kraus family, The Rodrick family, The Moore family, Mrs. Michelle Stelfug and Mrs. Sonia Veloz.