Carline Boston '22 won this year's Miss HSBC Teen Pageant!
Carline has been a class leader throughout her time here. This year she was the President of our National Honors Society, among her many other activities. We wish her well as she continues her education at Fisk University this fall. Below she reflects on her recent experience winning the pageant for Miss HBCU Tennessee Teen:
From a Conversation With Carline:
Last weekend (May 7th-8th), I competed in my first pageant and WON! The Miss HBCU Teen Scholarship Pageant is a reasonably new pageant that empowers black girls looking to further their education at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU for short).
Since I will be attending an HBCU (Fisk University) in the fall, this pageant was a fantastic opportunity to try something new while potentially winning some scholarship money. After months of hard work and preparation, I proudly represented Bishop Loughlin as I went on to compete with other unique and accomplished young black women from all across the country.
Pageant day began with individual interviews from the panel of judges, which was nerve-wracking. After leaving the interview room, I wasn’t sure how I did but tried to remain optimistic as I competed in the rest of the pageant.
I performed my talent, an original poem titled “A Letter To My Younger Self,” and then showcased my evening gown, a beautiful yellow dress. But the moment I felt like I had an opportunity to win was during the onstage interview portion.
The question I received was, “To date, what is your greatest accomplishment?” and I responded, “Coming to terms with myself. Accepting the person I was and not being afraid to take up space in a room.” I know typically, people would’ve answered with achievements like founding a nonprofit or being named class valedictorian. Still, I wanted to be honest, thoughtful, and transparent in my answer, and I think that came across well.
I am proud to say that I won the top interview and top talent and ultimately took home the title of MISS HBCU TEEN 2022. This year will be dedicated to giving back to my community, spreading awareness about HBCUs, and inspiring younger black girls to live in their truth. I can’t wait to get started!