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Merrie Christmas celebration held

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Monett High School's Miss Merrie Christmas, Kerry Tinklepaugh, read the classic story "The Night Before Christmas" to children from the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center, who were guests of the Student Senate for the high school's Christmas assembly yesterday. Queen Kerry and her court, Madison Carlin and Desiree Aceves, will ride in Monett's Christmas parade on Dec. 11. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
In a gala ceremony on yesterday, Monett High School celebrated the holidays by crowning Kerry Tinklepaugh as Miss Merrie Christmas.

The morning assembly included introductory music by the Jazz Band, directed by Danika White. Organized by the wrestling cheerleaders and their sponsor, Amy Dixon, the assembly provided pageantry with the entrance of each cheerleader on the arm of an escort. This year's wrestling cheerleaders are Kristina Valderrama, Kenzie Jenkins, Jordan Marion, Bronte Porter, Megan Brauer, Meghan Rickett and Sarah Burton.

Queen Kerry entered with escorts Juan Renteria and Ethan Davis. Attendant Madison Carlin entered with escort Clayton Patton. Attendant Desiree Aceves took her place with escort Chris Renteria.

The cheerleaders presented gifts to members of the royal court. Following the formal crowning of the queen, a podium was brought to the center of the gym for the queen's traditional speech.

Tinklepaugh said she found it ironic to have recently been voted the "most bashful" in her class and then have the honor of being crowned Miss Merrie Christmas, complete with the obligation of making a speech. Rather than say what makes Christmas special for her, Tinklepaugh showed a film she had made, asking classmates, small children, faculty and members of the community about their favorite Christmas memories.

Between the interviews, the audience was treated to snippets of the Festival of Lights displays at South Park, scenes of the Community Kitchen and the royal court's photo shoot at Connie's Photography. Some spoke of childhood memories; others mentioned family gatherings and celebrating the religious meaning of Christmas.

At the end of the video, Tinklepaugh urged her classmates to not be preoccupied with themselves but to instead invest personal time in some of the many service opportunities in town.

Children from the Barry-Lawrence County Development Center arrived as special guests of the Student Senate and were seated around the royal court. Tinklepaugh read to them from a large illustrated edition of "The Night Before Christmas." Each of the school's clubs presented gifts to the children and the Development Center.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Brock Glidwell, sang "Carol of the Bells," and the Women's Choir sang "Slow Dancing in the Snow." The program concluded with the Pizzazz Poms dance team performing to "Carol of the Bells."

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