Miss Emerald Ridge Scholarship Pageant returns
LEDGER – The second Miss Emerald Ridge Scholarship Pageant is 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Kathy Miller Auditorium at Mitchell High School. Six judges from across North Carolina will determine to who reigning Miss Emerald Ridge Keelie Jones, of Hendersonville, will give the crown in this Miss North Carolina preliminary.
Miss North Carolina Alexandra Badgett and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Karlee Sanderford will attend the pageant and accompany the contestants on a gem mining excursion. Tennille Kilby-Sherill, of Statesville, will be the master of ceremony.
The Miss Emerald Ridge Pageant returned to Mitchell County this past year after Mitchell County went 20 years without a Miss North Carolina preliminary.
“We have a lot of girls in our area with a lot of talent, but they don’t play sports,” said Jeanette Chang, co-executive director of the pageant. “This is a chance for those girls to showcase those talents, win scholarship money and learn about the importance of community service, just to name a few things.”
Chang and pageant co-executive director Stephanie Pitman have both volunteered within the Miss America Organization for years, and they said they believe in what the program offers young women.
“Young ladies from this region have gathered to compete for the opportunity to represent this area and make a difference in our local communities through community service and leadership,” Pitman said. “Also, Miss Emerald Ridge earns a scholarship to further her education. The young lady selected has the opportunity to compete at the state competition. There she can earn additional scholarships while competing for the title of Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen.”
Participation has increased this year with three candidates age 13-17 vying for Miss Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen and five contestants age 18-24 competing for the title of Miss Emerald Ridge. There are also five girls age 8-12 participating in the Carolina Princess mentoring program. The Carolina Princesses will perform a dance routine choreographed by Mitchell High School student Cadee Warren.
Tickets are $12 at the door the day of the pageant. A discounted price of $10 is offered with the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be distributed to area families in need.
Miss Emerald Ridge Outstanding Teen contestants
McKenna Harvey, of Candler
Shelby Lynn Bramlett, of Clyde
Paige Peterson, of Burnsville
Piper Styles, of Marion
Andrea Woody, of Spruce Pine
Hannah Harvey, of Statesville
Tessa Rabideau, of Canton
Sara Elizabeth Turner, of Spruce Pine