PLANT CITY Mylie Feaster is the first to say that she’s not into pageants.
“I’ve never really done a lot of pageants, they’re just not really my thing, but I do love public speaking and everybody likes to get dolled up,” the 18-year-old Durant High School senior said.
Feaster recently won the title of Durant High School FFA Sweetheart at a pageant that included competition in public speaking. Her prizes included a $600 scholarship.
Feaster has competed in FFA public speaking contests for seven years, and her accolades have included a 2012 state FFA title in extemporaneous speaking.
She said she went out for the Feb. 1 pageant at her school as a way to practice her public speaking skills and to champion agriculture.
“For me, it’s really important to advocate for agriculture,” she said. “Our community is so agriculturally based that it’s important to do things like that.”
She said that winning the pageant has helped her prepare for one of her goals.
“Doing this pageant is one step closer to my dream,” she said, adding that she intends to go out for state FFA office. “It was good to do the pageant because I’m screening for state office for the FFA in March.”
The pageant also included dress wear, casual wear and evening wear competition. The judges also interviewed the candidates.
Alyssa Shepard and Keri Greenwood were first and second runner up, respectively.
Feaster credited the Durant Senior FFA Chapter for their involvement in the scholarship pageant.
“It all adds up and it all makes a difference,” she said of the scholarship money, “especially when I want to go to school for as long as I want to go for. I’m really grateful for the investment that our chapter shows in the students.”
Feaster plans to pursue a degree in agricultural law at the University of Florida.