The Miss Rowan County Scholarship Pageant crowned nine new queens for its 2013 court on Nov. 10. The pageant was held at the Meroney Theater.
This pageant is an official local preliminary in the Miss North Carolina and Miss America systems.
The Little Miss contestants in the petite and little categories were judged in beauty, with an optional photogenic component. Both components were necessary to be considered for the Mini-Majestic crown. In the Petite Miss category, covering ages 2-4, the winner was Regan Williams, daughter of Stacy and Traci Williams of Rockwell. In the Little Miss category, covering ages 5-6, the winner was Breleigh Garrett, daughter of Daniel and Jenna Russ and Keith and Courtney Garrett. The Mini-Majestic for the younger groups is Bailee-Rae Parker, daughter of Chase and Jessica Parker.
The Little Miss contestants in the junior, preteen, and young categories were also judged in beauty, with optional areas of photogenic and talent. In the Junior Miss category, covering ages 7-8, the winner was Meadow Gettles, daughter of Eric and Brandy Gettles. The winner in the preteen group, ages 9-10, was Scotty Foley, daughter of Philip and Lisa Foley. Rounding out the Outstanding Little Miss court is the Young Miss, covering the ages of 11-13, Olivia Kyles, daughter of Everett and Renea’ Kyles.
The Miss Rowan County and Miss Rowan County’s Outstanding Teen Pageant was held that same evening. There were six contestants for Miss Rowan County. These were Allie Brindle, Melina Antoniou-Davis, Mackenzie Church, Katie Nichols, Toria Mangum, and Katie Archer. Required elements of this competition included personal interview, talent, evening gown, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, and an on-stage question. Each contestant also chose a platform that they wished to promote if chosen as Miss Rowan County. Winners for the various categories were: Miss Congeniality, Toria Mangum; Lifestyle and Fitness, Mackenzie Church; Talent, Katie Archer and Toria Mangum.
The first runner-up in this competition was Mackenzie Church of Concord. The new Miss Rowan County 2013 is Katherine (Katie) Archer of Greensboro. Archer is the daughter of Larry and Sue Archer, is a sophomore at Appalachian State University, and is a violin performance major. Her talent was a classical violin piece entitled “Csardas.” Her platform for the coming year is the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a group that provides musical instruments to young people who could not otherwise afford them.
There were six contestants for Miss Rowan County’s Outstanding Teen. These were Hannah Welborn-Lewis, Julia Coslian, Rachael Moore, Kaitlyn Wright, Macy Stutts, and Lauren Trull. These young ladies competed in a personal interview, talent, evening gown, lifestyle and fitness in athletic wear, and an on-stage question. They also chose a platform for which they wish to raise awareness in the coming year. Winners for the various categories were: Miss Congeniality, Macy Stutts; Lifestyle and Fitness, Lauren Trull; Talent, Hannah Welborn-Lewis. The first runner-up was Lauren Trull of Kannapolis. The new Miss Rowan County’s Outstanding Teen 2013 is Hannah Welborn-Lewis. Welborn-Lewis the daughter of Mandy Lewis of Archdale and the granddaughter of Gary and Lynne Welborn. Her talent was a clogging routine to “A James Brown Tribute.” Her platform for this coming year is the charity Family2Family.
Archer and Welborn-Lewis will be representing Rowan County and the surrounding areas at the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Oustanding Teen Pageant in Raleigh in June.
For more information on the pageant, becoming a contestant, or becoming a sponsor, go to www.missrowancountypageant.org or the Facebook page Miss Rowan County and Miss Rowan County’s Outstanding Teen.