Pageant is quickly approaching. No, pageant is not a beauty contest; it is a musical that the Junior/Soph class puts on for the Senior class. In other words, the Junior/Soph class presents a play for their big sisters.
The name of the Pageant is kept a secret for as long as possible. The Senior class tries to break into practice whenever possible. We listen for clues as to which part our little sisters play. The Freshmen guard pageant each night. It is their job to keep the Senior class out. Everyone is involved in Pageant in one way or another.
Last year, I was in Pageant. It was such a stressful, yet fun time. For the month of September, the Junior/Soph class practices every night for several hours. When preparing for our Pageant, my class practiced from 9-12 each night, but this year I heard that they finished by 11 most nights. My Pageant was the musical Honk. I was Grace the Red Banded Duck.
Pageant is one of the many wonderful Judson traditions. Each night the big sisters leave their little sisters Pageant prizes. Last year when I got three little sisters, I had no idea what I was up against. I try to at least have a sign for my little sisters each night. My big sister is wonderful. Mary Amelia had something for me every night. She graduated from Judson last year, and is now in Grad school. I miss her so much. I Love MBS (My Big Sis)!
During Pageant, I had the opportunity to make new friends. My Junior/Soph year was my first at Judson; Pageant was really helpful for me to meet people. Looking back, I wish I was still practicing for Pageant. I love the sisterhood that our class built. I’m not going to lie and say that there were roses and sunshine everyday; there were many issues our class had to work through, but in the end, it was worth all of the work. I can’t even believe that I was able to do it all. Class all day, club meetings, Spanish lab, tennis, and Pageant. It was a crazy time!
I remember being so relieved when I didn’t have to go to practice the Monday after Pageant. Now I wish I had that time back to spend with my sisters. It is funny how we can’t wait for certain things in our lives to be over, and then when we get what we want, we wish we still had the past. I wouldn’t ever trade those late nights for sleep. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to be involved in Pageant.
So, my few words of advice for you Junior/Soph readers….. Cherish your last week. In the future you won't be able to remember how late you were up each night doing homework because you had to practice everyday. You won’t be able to remember the minor disagreements that you had with classmates. You will only remember the fun that you had backstage dancing with friends, or the little phrases that you repeat over and over again. Have fun! Make memories! You will be glad you did in the future.
Love Conquers All!
For the love of Mother Judson, Anne Kirtley, and Sandra Fowler.