When Cheyenne Rumfield entered her first pageant, for Miss Oysterfest, she wasn’t “in it to win it,” but she planned to have fun with the new experience. Little did she know she would win the judges over with her personality.

Cheyenne, 16, is a junior at Orange Grove High School who wanted to try something different in her life.

“I did it for the experience. I had never done anything like this so I didn’t know what to expect,” she said.

“Most people think pageants are are about being fake and that it’s all about the glitz, but I wasn’t like that. I was just myself and I thought ‘If they don’t like me then that’s okay’,” Cheyenne said.

She said she expressed her personality through the question she received during the pageant.

When asked how forgiving she was towards her friends, she answered with the most sincere concept.

“Everyone makes mistakes. Even though I would be upset, I know we’re human and that we can learn from our mistakes. We deserve to have second chances,” she said.

At the Oyster Fest, which was last weekend in Rockport, Cheyenne made an appearance to socialize and drew names for a scholarship fund. She said she will represent Rockport and Orange Grove in a positive way and looks forward to crowning the next Miss Oysterfest and sharing her experience with other girls.

Cheyenne, daughter of Tod and Natasha Rumfield, is in the top 25 percent of her class and was recently nominated for National Honor Society. Her extracurricular activities have included tennis and volleyball and she is currently vice-president of her class and an FCCLA officer.

Cheyenne says when she’s not in school, she likes to hang out with friends and works at a movie theatre.

Because of her love for animals, Cheyenne hopes to attend Texas A&M University at College Station to become a Veterinarian.

The title of Miss Oysterfest also awarded Cheyenne a $1,000 scholarship which she intends to save for school.

“I plan to enter more pageants and if I win, I’ll save more money. It’s been fun so I’d like to continue doing this,” she said.