Whitman County Gazette 

McElderry crowned Miss Tekoa 2022-23

Four girls compete for title in pageant at Empire Theatre


April 21, 2022

Alexis "Lulu" Taylor | Special to The Gazette

Miss Tekoa royalty contestants, from left, Joan Barnowski, Eliona McElderry, Savannah Rinehart and Khloe Morrison dance to "Singing in the Rain" in the opening number of Saturday's pageant in Empire Theater in Tekoa.

TEKOA - After more than two years, a new Miss Tekoa has been crowned.

Tekoa High School junior Eliona McElderry was crowned Miss Tekoa during a pageant Saturday, April 16, in the historic Empire Theatre, 126 S. Crosby St.

McElderry's royal court includes princesses Savannah Rinehart, Khloe Morrison and Joan Barnowski.

The 90-minute "Let it Reign" program featured the pageant contestants competing in talent, an impromptu question and poise and composure.

The show opened with the royal contestants and the departing court dancing to "Singing in the Rain."

"Weather girl" Sara Chase served as em...

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