On Aug. 11, the Miss Marshall County Pageant took place.
Miss Marshall County and Miss Appalachian Valley Organization is a non-profit organization that inspires young ladies with the ethical and moral tools to become well rounded citizens, cacording to executive director Jamie Jones. The organization supports and encourages the Miss and Outstanding Teen during their reigns in Marshall County to volunteer within their community, helps prepare them to face an interview panel with mock interviews on current events and gives them the opportunity to speak at public engagements.
Jones said the organization is a preliminary to Miss Alabama and Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen. They send two Miss candidates each year in June to Miss Alabama which is held at Samford and two Teen Contestants to Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen which is held in Birmingham.
The award for each winner is a $1,000 scholarship payable to the college of their choice and each Teen winner gets a $250 scholarship. The first alternates and talent winners were also awarded scholarship money and prizes.
The event took place on Aug. 11 at Arab High School and the ladies competed in a private interview, on stage interview, talent and evening gown. The Teen division is for ladies between the ages of 13 to 17 and the Miss division is for ladies ages 18-25.
The organization also holds a Little Girl Pageant each year as a fundraiser for the scholarships awarded. The winners of this Little Miss are invited to spend their year with the Miss and Teen winners as a mentoring program similar to the Rising Star Program, Jones stated. The girls are invited to attend events throughout the year within the communities of Marshall County and other places as well.
The Rising Star program of the Miss Alabama competition allows contestants to act as mentors for the younger ladies ages 7 to 11. The Rising Star program is not a competition, but rather a mentoring and learning process. Each Miss and Teen chooses a young lady to accompany them to Miss Alabama and Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen and multiple other events throughout the year.
The Miss and Teen spend time promoting their platforms at local organizations, reading during the year within the schools, hosting several other events and performing at local events throughout the year. They put on events such as The Valentine Ball which is a mother/son father/daughter dance. The proceeds from this event goes to the blessings in a backpack program.
The results are below for Miss and Teen:
Miss Marshall County
Winner Presley Collins; 1st alternate Makayla Loveday. The girls tied for talent winner. Presley also won the Kure for Kamryn Community Service Scholarship.
Miss Marshall County's Outstanding Teen
Winner Tatum Monroe; 1st alternate Ashley Gattis.
The rising stars are Halle McCrary and Madelyn Toth.