First ever Miss Hanover Abilities

Good Neighbor is proud to have been a sponsor of the Miss Hanover Abilities Pageant put on by Hanover Community Support Services last weekend.

The night was wonderful and the contestants were stunning in every way.

From musical performances to dance routines to reciting every US president in order, the talent segment made Atlee High School the spot to be in Richmond on Saturday night.

Several of the young ladies in the competition have lived lives often overlooked by those in their communities who might see them as "different". But what exactly is a disability?

As the neighborly Mr. Fred Rogers once said:

Part of the problem with the word 'disabilities' is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can't feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren't able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives, or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities.

Last weekend, it was impossible to overlook the courage, strength, talent, and beauty emanating from the stage of the Miss Abilities Pageant. It was a bright light that illuminated the heart of everyone in the auditorium, revealing the depth of what it means to be a person.

Congratulations to Sarah Chenault for being crowned the first ever Miss Hanover Abilities, and a special thank you to Amy Gregory and Ashley Gregory for coordinating the event. We look forward to many more years to come!

Sarah Chenault and Heath Pond, Residential Director at Good Neighbor

Sarah Chenault and Heath Pond, Residential Director at Good Neighbor

Sarah poses with her family after being crowned the first ever Miss Hanover Abilities

Sarah poses with her family after being crowned the first ever Miss Hanover Abilities