HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Hartselle’s Jordan Johnson was crowned Miss Wallace State 2016 during Sunday’s competitions in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre at Wallace State Community College. The pre-engineering major is the daughter of Gerald and Leslie Johnson.
Johnson, 19, will go on to compete in the Miss Alabama pageant in June at Samford University for the chance to represent the state in the state in the Miss America pageant. Along with the title, she also earned a one-year scholarship at Wallace State valued at $5,000.
Bethany Dailey, 20, of Henagar, was named first runner-up, as well as the winner of the talent portion. She earned a $50 scholarship to add to the $200 scholarships each of the contestants received for their participation in the event.
A new scholarship was awarded to Miss Wallace State contestant Leighanna Langford. Langford, 18, of Hanceville, is the first recipient of the Beautiful Heart Scholarship presented by former Miss Wallace State Rebecca Long. The scholarship is valued at $250.
As part of the Miss Alabama program, each contestant establishes a platform for which they promote to raise awareness and/or provide assistance. As Miss Wallace State 2016, Johnson will be helping provide school supplies to young students who need them.
“It is a struggle here in America that we still have yet to alleviate,” Johnson said. “There are still people who struggle to buy school supplies, and I believe the attitude all across the nation needs to change and we all need to realize that school supplies are the building blocks to a successful education.”
After completing her education at Wallace State, Johnson plans to transfer to the University of Mississippi and study geological engineering.
The competition for Miss North Alabama’s Outstanding Teen was also held on Sunday, with Cullman’s Brooke Edwards earning the title, as well as winning the talent competition. A junior at Cullman High School in the Wallace State dual enrollment program, Edwards is the daughter of Glenn and Melinda Edwards. She will go on to compete in the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen pageant in March in Sylacauga.
Emma Owen, 15, of Argo, was named first runner-up and was the winner of the evening wear competition.
Both the Miss Wallace State and the Miss North Alabama’s Outstanding Teen competitions are part of the Miss America program, which is the largest provider of scholarships to young women in the world.
Miss Alabama 2015 Meg McGuffin acted as mistress of ceremonies for the pageants. At the Miss America 2016 pageant, McGuffin earned fourth runner-up overall and second runner-up for the Quality of Life award for her platform “Healthy is the New Skinny.” She was also the 2007 Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen. She is a graduate of Auburn University and is currently in graduate school there. She plans to obtain a PhD in Higher Education Administration.
For more information about the Miss Wallace State program, contact Suzanne Harbin at 256.352.8144 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Miss Alabama Pageant can be found at www.missalabama.com, which includes a link to the Miss America program.
Visit www.wallacestate.edu for more information about Wallace State Community College.