“Shocked!” That’s best way Shyquel Allison can describe the moment her name was called the night of October 21st. After receiving the preliminary Talent and Lifestyle and Fitness awards, the 20 year old junior at High Point University captured the 2018 Miss Randolph County title and says it was a “humbling experience.”
Shyquel entered her first Miss America Organization affiliated pageant in 2016 in the Miss High Point pageant, but it was her earlier pageant experience at High Point Central High School that she says she “caught the pageant bug.” She credits her teacher then (a former Miss Michigan) with strongly encouraging her to enter the high school pageant. Then, after coming close to the Miss High Point crown, she decided to give another local pageant a try. She says after all of her preparation and hard work, at the moment her name was called it was hard to believe that she had really won the Miss Randolph County Scholarship Pageant.
Since winning the crown, she continues to implement her platform which is “The 3 M’s”… Making Goals, Making Visions & Making Dreams Come True and plans to share her platform with Randolph County middle schoolers in the coming year to inspire them to believe in themselves and to make good choices that will help them achieve their goals and dreams in life. Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Chinese, she hopes to start a nonprofit organization one day that will be based on her platform.
As Miss Randolph County, she will also be preparing for the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant in June of 2018 by continuing to work on
her vocal skills. She dazzled the crowd with her performance of “Someone Like You” by Adelle in the Miss Randolph County Scholarship Pageant but does not know yet which song she will choose to perform in June. For now, she is concentrating on her platform and enjoying the wonderful opportunities that being Miss Randolph County offers. She is also grateful for the scholarships awarded through the Miss America Organization and says that is one of the main reasons she entered the pageants.
When asked who in her life has been most supportive of her pageant goals and dreams, she acknowledged her great-grandmother for always believing in her and even referring to her when she was little as “Miss America.” Shyquel says she never knew why she called her that but thought of it the night she won. Her great-grandmother passed away a couple years ago and Shyquel says she was thinking of her and wishes her great-grandmother could have been there to see her win Miss Randolph County and her first Miss America Organization pageant.
Shyquel is also thankful to the Kiwanis Club of Asheboro and the pageant committee for their support and she looks forward to all that the year ahead holds in store. By remembering those special people who helped her along the way and with her positive, bright attitude and passion for young people achieving their dreams, she will certainly represent Randolph County well. Congratulations Shyquel Allison, Miss Randolph County 2018!