HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The reigning Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell will act as mistress of ceremonies for the 24th annual Miss Wallace State Pageant Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m., in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
Seven Wallace State Community College students will be competing for the title of Miss Wallace State and the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Alabama 2015. Miss Wallace State will receive a one-year renewable scholarship and a cash scholarship. All contestants in Miss Wallace State will receive cash scholarships to be used for tuition, fees and books at the college of their choice.
The students competing for the title include: Bethany Dailey of Henager, Emily Davis of Decatur, Anna Rhymes of Blountsville, Reagen Martin of Madison, Maggie Appleton of Moulton, Kersten Terry of Trinity, and Autumn Brooks of Somerville.
Competition for contestants will begin with a 10-minute private interview with the judges, which accounts for 25 percent of their score. Competitions will continue with swimsuit (15 percent), talent (35 percent) and evening wear competition/on-stage questions (15 and 5 percent, respectively). Each young woman selects an issue to promote during her year of service.
Miss Wallace State 2014 Catee Moss will crown the winner. Moss, along with Brunell and North Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Kelsey Smith, will be the featured entertainers during Sunday’s event.
The North Alabama’s Outstanding Teen program will be held concurrently with the Miss Wallace State pageant. Eleven young women will compete to represent the area in the March 2015 Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. The contestants include: Emma Owen, Riley Kate Lancaster, Emily Katherine Jimmerson, Natalie Jones, Jessica Barr, Destiny Lomax, Marika Marinakis, Elizabeth Bendall, Taylor Garcia, Kylie Ward and Torie Cook.
The Miss Alabama Pageant consistently ranks in the top 10 among state pageants in the Miss America system for the amount of cash scholarships and In-kind scholarships awarded to all participants. Cash scholarships to be awarded to contestants competing this week total $100,000 and in-kind scholarships from Alabama’s colleges and universities total over $5 million. The Miss America Pageant is the largest provider of scholarships to young women in the world. Over $31 million is awarded to young women on the local, state and national level.
Local directors for Miss Wallace State are Suzanne Harbin and Rob Metcalf.
The Pageant begins at 3 p.m. in the Wallace State Betty Leeth Haynes Theater. Admission for the pageant is $10, which includes the program. Wallace State students will be admitted for $5, with their student ID. Tickets will be sold at the door.