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The 74th annual Miss Buford Pageant took place at the Buford Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 30. Miss Buford is a yearly tradition that promotes both the beauty and brains of young ladies and permits them an inventive outlet to express themselves and their confidence. 

Miss Buford is a fundraiser for the choral department and provides a $500 scholarship to the senior winner. Funds raised go to purchasing a variety of items to provide supplies and opportunities to choral students. 

This year’s director of the Miss Buford Pageant was Mr. Taylor Greer.

“I am the organizer for the pageant so I take care of all logistics, personnel and production,” Greer said. “My favorite part is getting to see students that are a part of my chorus class in a totally different element, particularly during the interview and pageant preparation.” 

The winners of Miss Buford were chosen through several rounds of judging, beginning with a morning interview where contestants were asked several questions about their academic and extracurricular activities, as well as volunteering experiences. 

The winners of the pageant are: 

• Miss Freshman — Josephine Ibarra

• Miss Sophomore — Mara Eva Cline

• Miss Junior — Emma Sanders

• First runner-up — Bree Smith

• Miss Buford — Isabelle Wiggs

Isabelle Wiggs is the daughter of Ginnie and Andy Wiggs. She is involved in the Buford High School dance and musical theatre programs, as well as the Buford varsity cheer team. Isabelle is ranked within the top of her class and has maintained stellar grades throughout her high school career. What makes Isabelle stand out the most is the kindness she shows to her peers and the enthusiastic, caring attitude she holds every day. Isabelle has a kind heart and is always willing to go out of her way if it means helping someone else. Most definitely, Isabelle Wiggs is deserving of being named Miss Buford.  

When asked what it means to her to have been crowned the overall queen, Isabelle said, “It means a lot to me because it has always been my dream since I was in kindergarten. It is a great way to represent my school and my community, as well.”

Congratulations to all the young ladies who participated in this amazing event!

— Emily Hammond

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