Junior Miss times two

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 12, 2006

Fort Dale Academy will have not one, but two, of its high school senior girls representing the school at the State Junior Miss Finals in January 2007.

Brittany Singleton, daughter of William and Lisa Singleton of Fort Deposit, is Lowndes County's reigning Junior Miss. Elisa Campbell, daughter of Judy Campbell of Greenville, is Butler County's Junior Miss 2007.

&#8220It's pretty exciting to have two girls from the school representing their county. It looks good for the school, too,” Singleton said.

The two girls' paths to their county titles were somewhat different, though equally challenging.

Since Lowndes County does not have an official county preliminary for Junior Miss, Singleton attended the Junior Miss one-day, at-large program held at Birmingham-Southern College.

&#8220The T-shirts we got said, ‘See it, learn it, do it all in one day' and that's what you do,” Singleton said.

&#8220You learn your poise routine while other girls are interviewing; you work on your physical fitness while talent presentations are going onŠyou are busy from 9 a.m. to around 3 or 4 p.m.”

While it was a grueling day, Singleton said she felt the at-large competition was &#8220more relaxing and less stressful” than the Butler County program.

&#8220We didn't have an audience. The girls who taught us the routines were down in front to give us cues, and that helped. I got to meet a lot of other girls and it was a lot of fun.”

Singleton's performance that day more than earned the points necessary to name her Lowndes County Junior Miss.

Campbell was selected from a field of girls from high schools across Butler County in September's program.

She earned the Physical Fitness, Self-Expression and &#8220Be Your Best Self” Essay Awards in addition to her county title.

Both Singleton and Campbell anticipate a tougher time at state finals with the fitness and interview portions of the program.

&#8220I found out our physical fitness routine at state will be nine minutes longŠI am not looking forward to that,” Singleton said with a laugh.

&#8220I think the interview will definitely be tougher. There will be more on politics and our opinions on current events, and less on personal things,” Campbell said.

Keeping up on current events is just one more challenge these active students face

Singleton is captain of the FDA Dance Team, the Drama Club, treasurer of the FACTS Club, member of Key Club, Mu Alpha Theta and Senior class secretary.

Campbell is co-captain of the FDA cheerleaders, secretary of Mu Alpha Theta, historian for the Senior Class, and member of Senior Beta Club, Key Club, FACTS and FCA.

The girls will be perfecting their talent presentations for the state finals in January. Singleton is planning a vocal performance of &#8220Think of Me” from &#8220Phantom of the Opera.”

Campbell said she would perform a &#8220tougher” version of her jazz/ballet routine from the county program, performed to a tune from the musical &#8220Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.”

The two will attend an orientation workshop in Montgomery on December 9.

&#8220We will learn individual fitness routines and learn what to expect from the program in January. We'll also learn what we will need and who our host families will be,” Campbell said.

Come January, folks can cheer on both girls as they vie for valuable college scholarship monies and the chance to earn the title of Alabama's Junior Miss.