The bright stage lights at Warren County High School didn’t intimidate 4-year-old Boston Renea Childers on Saturday night.
The lights only served to illuminate her bright smile and welcoming wave as she won the hearts of the judges and was crowned the inaugural Little Miss Valentine Princess.
In the older division, 6-year-old Malaya Janessa Taylor looked adorable in a red dress lined with sequins and she was crowed Little Miss Valentine.
The addition of a younger division added an element of uncertainly as the 3-4-year-olds learned the ropes of pageant protocol. They squirmed, wandered, and showed childish exuberance as they scanned the crowd for their parents, often blowing kisses along the way.
Childers took first place wearing a red dress and oval earrings. She is the daughter of Dillon Childers and Sarah Childers.
First runner-up was Camdyn Raylea Wilkins, 4, the daughter of Matt Wilkins and Jennifer Hancock.
Second runner-up was Perry Grae McColloch, 4, the daughter of Matt and Chancery McColloch.
Third runner-up was Emberlyn Mae Taylor, 3, the daughter of Jacob and Tykesha Taylor.
Fourth runner-up was Nora Grace Harris, 4, the daughter of Samuel and Erica Harris.
Hadlee Elisabeth Anne Green, 3, won the people’s choice award for most money donated in her name. She is the daughter of Aubrey and Kristin Green.
In the older division for ages 5-6, the girls showed a little more poise and awareness. Malaysa Janessa Taylor, 6, looked like a shining star in winning the crown. She is the daughter of Jacob and Tykesha Taylor.
Wearing a catchy purple dress, Claire Susannah Breedlove, 6, was first runner-up. She is the daughter of Mike and Elaine Breedlove.
Second runner-up was Nia Monroe Rich, 6, the daughter of Kirstin King and Brandon Rich.
Third runner-up was Emma Elizabeth Simpson, 5, the daughter of Airrah and Drew Simpson.
Fourth runner-up was Keymoni Monique Harris, 6, the daughter of Domonique Kniffin and Kyrie Harris.
Khloe Mae White, 5, won the people’s choice award for most money donated in her name. She is the daughter of Kacie Looper and Kyle White.
The pageants are sponsored by the Morrison Ruritan Club, which has several upcoming events planned. A fish supper to benefit Relay for Life is set for March 7, followed by a Citizen of the Year banquet in April.
Opening day at the Morrison ballparks is April 25 before the organization holds its annual Fourth of July celebration.
Morrison Ruritan welcomes new members. The club meets the third Monday night of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Ruritan building at 121 W. Maple Street in Morrison.