Kylee Patterson, daughter of Rodney and Pam Patterson of Hamlet, will represent Richmond County at the Miss Greater Sandhills Pageant. The talent she will showcase is tap dance, and her platform is Friends for Life - Promoting No-Kill Animal Shelters. Patterson is enrolled at UNC Wilmington.
The Miss Greater Sandhills Scholarship Pageant will be held on Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at Sandhills Community College. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 10 and under.
“There has not been a representative from Richmond County in quite some time,” said Jan Spivey, executive director of Miss Greater Sandhills.
Spivey explained that the winners of the pageant will go on to represent the Sandhills area at Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen pageant in June
According to Spivey, the winners and runners up in the Miss division will win a $1,000 scholarship, as well as an In-Kind scholarship to Sandhills Community College as well as other prizes. The runners up get savings bonds.
“Each girl has chosen a community service platform which they are passionate about,” Spivey said. “If they win, they have a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about that as well. They are invited to speak at parades and other charity events.”
There will be a silent auction to raise money for the Scholarship fund. The pageant is open to Lee, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties as well as out Little Miss pageant in March of each year.
Other contestants are: Laura Puleo, daughter of Joel and Ellen Puleo of Pinehurst, attending Duke University, showcasing lyrical dance talent, with a platform of Victory Garden; Hillary Laster, daughter of Jeff and Robin Laster of Gibson, attending UNC Wilmington, showcasing clogging talent, with a platform of T.I.C.S. - Teaching Inclusion in Community Schools; Kelsie Boles, daughter of Richard and Sharon Boles of Laurinburg, attending Sandhills Community College, showcasing vocal presentation talent, with a platform of Saving Sounds - Keeping Music in Schools; Mary Ann McGirt, daughter of Jeff McGirt, granddaughter of John and Barbara McGirt of Laurinburg, attending UNC Pembroke, showcasing clogging talent, with a platform of Dance for Life - Promoting Fitness Among Today’s Youth.
Miss Greater Sandhills Princess contestants are Isabelle Guevara, daughter of Frank and Donna Guevara of Aberdeen, Princess for Laura Puleo; Hannah Spinali, daughter of Jonh and Joey Phillips of Pinehurst, Princess for Hillary Laster; Caroline Mays, daughter of Brooks and Katie Mays of Pinehurst, Princess for Kylee Patterson; Chloe Roberts, daughter of Sean and Katherine Roberts of Pinehurst, Princess for Kelsie Boles; Leia House, daughter of Michael and Tracey House of Laurinburg, Princess for Mary Ann McGirt; Leilani Mogensen, daughter of the late Robert Mogensen and Tanya Mogensen of Pinebluff, Princess for Leah King.
Miss Greater Sandhills Outstanding Teen contestants are Jessie Keener, daughter of James and Millie Keener of Fayetteville, attending Fayetteville Academy, showcasing vocal presentation talent, with a platform of ML4G - Maggie Lee for Good; Amanda Felix, daughter of Brad and Toni Felix of West End, attending Pinecrest High School, showcasing tap dance talent, with the platform It’s A Pink Ribbon Thing - Breast Cancer Awareness; Paige Adkins, daughter of Joe and Paula Adkins of Pinehurst, attending Pinecrest High School, showcasing tap dance talent, with the platform Helping Teens With Eating Disorders; Taylor Davis, daughter of James Davis and Kenya Ritter of Jackson Springs, attending Union Pines High School, showcasing jazz dance talent, with the platform P.A.W. Promoting Animal Welfare; Tahler Wagner, daughter of Ronald and Susan Wagner of Laurinburg, attending Scotland High School, showcasing clogging talent, with a platform of Ready, Set, Breathe! : Living Life Without Limits; Makalya Hall daughter of Victor and Leslie Torres of Laurel Hill, attending Carver Middle School, showcasing clogging talent, with the platform “L” is for LUPUS; Courtney Groff, daughter of Gregory and Karen Groff of Aberdeen, attending Pinecrest High School, showcasing vocal presentation talent, with a platform Promoting Involvement in Girl Scouts.
Outstanding Teen Princesses are Meri Morgan Lochner, daughter of Eric and Stephanie Lochner of Fayetteville, Princess for Jessie Keener; Savannah Dwiggings, daughter of Chris and Jennifer Dwiggings of West End, Princess for Amanda Felix; Alexandrea Patterson, daughter of Scott and Heather Patterson of Aberdeen, Princess for Paige Adkins; Brook Wilkes, daughter of James and Anquinetta Wilkes of Candor, Princess for Taylor Davis; Katelin Woodall, daughter of Harold Miller and Jessie Woodall of Laurinburg, Princess for Tahler Wagner; Emma Harrison, daughter of Holly Lohse of Whispering Pines, Princess for Makayla Hall; Cailin Belton, daughter of William and Jennifer Belon of Vass, Princess for Makalya Hall.
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