Wallace Community College seemed a little brighter on June 15 as the 2017 National Peanut Festival Queens visited the campus for the College’s annual NPF Queens’ Day. It is the first official event for the pageant every year.
The queens were treated to breakfast at the College in a classroom decorated with the 2017 pageant theme, Simply the Best … Perfection in Pearls. After breakfast, the Peanut Festival Queens Committee guided the queens through orientation and pageant rules for all NPF activities and drew numbers to determine the order of competition in the pageant. The queens also composed their written essays, an important part of the pageant competition. Wallace instructors will grade the essays, which count as 10 percent of the final score.
The group lunched at The Highlands where they were welcomed by Hannah Johnson, WCCD instructor and a former Miss National Peanut Festival. Kenneth Doggett, building maintenance technician, led the group in the invocation. Dr. Ashli Wilkins, WCCD dean, institutional services and community development, also welcomed the queens by applauding them on their positive influence on others, and the importance of education to their futures.
Also addressing the group were Janet Hughes, director, Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant; RaeLeigh Baldwin, Miss National Peanut Festival 2016-17; and Jason Rudd, president, National Peanut Festival. Wallace Community College presented the queens with t-shirts and photos commemorating the day.
Wallace Community College has sponsored the Queens’ Day for over thirty years.