Payton Deal crowned Miss Nation Ford

Payton Deal, wearing her tiara, covers her mouth with her hands and reacts with glee as her name is called to announce her as Miss Nation Ford.
Payton Deal reacts as her name is announced as Miss Nation Ford High School 2019. (Photo by Kailey Cota, courtesy of NaFo)

FORT MILL — Nation Ford High School has a new queen and her name is Payton Deal.

 The 2019 Miss Nation Ford Scholarship Pageant was held Feb. 7 and Payton Deal was crowned Miss. Nation Ford. Each year, the pageant supports a charity and this year it was Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. All of the contestants brought in donations of toys, toiletries, food and other needs and spent a day at
Ronald McDonald House cleaning and learning about its mission helping pediatric patients and their families.

Miss Freshman Janelle Illacqua. (Photo by Kailey Cota, courtesy of NaFo)
Miss Senior Bella Zaino. (Photo by Kailey Cota, courtesy of NaFo)

Pageant winners received scholarships ranging from $50 (ad and Congeniality) to $1,000 for Miss Nation Ford. This year’s winners are:

  • Miss Ad sales:  Stella Grennan
  • Miss Congeniality: Cate Tedford
  • Miss Freshmen:  Jannelle  Ilaqua
  • Miss Sophomore: Gigi Stokes
  • Miss Junior: Annamarie Yates
  • Miss Senior: Bella Zaino
  • Miss Nation Ford: Payton Deal