Keith Beasley Jr. and Kiara Thorpe were named “Mr. Hillside” and “Miss Hillside” at the third annual Mister and Miss Hillside and New Tech Scholarship Pageant.
This is the first time the winners also happen to be ranked first and second in their class. Keith, who is ranked first, and Kiara both hold 5.0 or better grade point averages in Hillside High School’s International Baccalaureate Programme.
Keith is a captain of the Hillside Hornets football team, a member of the National Honor Society and an active community volunteer. He plans to major in biomedical engineering and someday open his own engineering firm.
Kiara is a varsity cheerleading captain, president of the Theta Phi Delta community service organization and an active volunteer.
Mister and Miss Hillside are among the prestigious positions students may hold, according to information provided by Durham Public Schools.
The primary role of those jobs is to represent the student body at Hillside, and serve as goodwill emissaries at functions to which they are invited. They also must hold at least one cultural/social program per semester and aid in recruitment and fundraising efforts, along with other responsibilities.
The overall winners are determined by scores received during the pageant (30 percent), student vote (30 percent) and fundraising (40 percent). During the pageant, participants are judged on opening scene performance, talent, royal court wear, evening wear and oratory.
Keith and Kiera will receive 50 percent of the money they raised in the form of a scholarship. The other seven contestants will get 30 percent. Overall, participants raised more than $15,000.