The Miss Troup County Scholarship Pageant will be hosting its 39th year along with the 19th Miss Troup County Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m., Saturday, at the Troup High School Fine Arts Auditorium. The Miss Troup County Pageants are an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant and winners receive scholarship money.
“This is an excellent opportunity for young women to advance their academic careers in order to prepare for the professions of their choice and to make a difference in their communities, maybe even the nation,” Miss Troup County Scholarship Pageant Executive Director Judy Neighbors said.
The 28 young women competing are as followed:
Candidates for the title of Miss Troup County 2014:
Songee Barker, 20, attends Georgia Institute of Technology. Her platform is promoting healthy lifestyles.
Janelle Bova, 19, attends the University of North Georgia. Her platform is for the success for special populations in society.
Taylor Brooks, 19, attends Agnes Scott College and is promoting self-worth awareness in female youth.
Kayla Jae Fannin, 17, attends LaGrange Academy. Her platform is support for children of parents with multiple myeloma.
Morgan Harrell, 17, attends Northside High School. Her platform is “Man up against bullying.”
Kaley Jackson, 23, is a graduate of Southwest Georgia Technical College. Her platform is Kids and Kaley: Clothing One Child at a Time.
Jacqueline Ladin, 20, attends Valdosta State University. Her platform is for The Children’s Miracle Network: “Party for a Purpose.”
Breann Lindsey, 19, attends Young Harris College. Her platform is for Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Ansley Phillips, 19, attends Columbus State University. Her platform is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Amanda Scott, 22, attends Georgia Tech. Her platform is Choosing Miracles Now with CMN Hospitals.
Sydney Shadrix, 21, attends Belmont University. Her platform is Americans for the Arts.
Tara Smith, 17, is dual enrolled at Middle Georgia State College and Hawkinsville High School. She is supporting Alzheimer’s Awareness.
Cheney Thomasson, 19, attends University of Mississippi Honors College. Her platform is From Grief to Gratitude: Supporting Organ Donor Families.
Sara Whetsell, 21, attends Valdosta State University. Her platform is Dance For Dollars for Children’s Miracle Network.
Candidates for the title of Miss Troup County’s Outstanding Teens 2104:
Gracie Abercrombie, 17, attends Brookwood High School. Her platform is Special Olympics.
Kenzi Anderson, 16, attends LaGrange High School. Her platform is “Break the Cycle”: Dating Violence Awareness.
Rachael Carstens, 17, attends Alpharetta High School. Her platform is “What I Like About Me” Positive Self Esteem Program.
Elizabeth Edwards, 16, attends Breman High School. Her platform is STAGE - Supporting the Arts Gaining Education.
Kyndall Ellis, 16, attends Columbus High School. Her platform is childhood literacy.
Elise Higgins, 14, attends Richards Middle School. Her platform is Childhood Cancer - “Families in Need”.
Kelsey Hollis, 13, attends Houston County High School. Her platform is autism awareness.
Madison Holt, 17, attends Sonoraville High School. Her platform is Voluntary Action Center: Helping Families in Need.
Rory Kloser, 13, attends LaFayette Christian School. Her platform is Unstoppable: Building Self-Esteem.
Sarabeth Morehead, 17, attends Grayson High School. Her platform is SHINE - Stop Hunger in Neighborhoods Everywhere.
Frankie Pruett, 16, attends Callaway High School. Her platform is childhood cancer awareness.
Chandler Sherry, 14, attends Dickerson Middle School. Her platform is Fragile Kids Foundation “Birthday Bash Basket Program.”
Lizzy Stanford, 15, attends Terrell Academy. Her platform is Love is Louder: Support for Teens Feeling Alone.
Melanie Wood, 15, attends Northside High School. Her platform is No Place for Hate: Decreasing Bullying.
The Box Office opens at 6p.m. on Saturday. Reserved seats are $25 and the price includes a program book. General admission is $15 and students’ and children’s tickets are $10.