Chapel Hill's Missy Minor was crowned Junior Miss Marshall County after the five finalists answered questions posed by master of ceremonies and Chamber of Commerce President Greg Lowe.
"I love you baby," yelled a joyous Shirley Minor, from the front row of the packed theatre as her daughter was being crowned by outgoing Junior Miss Katherine Lee. Missy, a 14-year old freshman at Forrest, who enjoys softball and golf, is the daughter of Shirley and Michael Minor. She was sponsored by H&S Pharmacy #3 of Chapel Hill.
"I'm very, very surprised," said the elated, tall, young lady, minutes after the pageant concluded.
Sponsored by the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, the pageant featured young ladies from across the county, ranging in age from 13 to 15. Each of the contestants introduced themselves during the casual wear competition, as well as their parents and sponsor.
First runner-up was Amanda Jade Denton; second runner-up Brittney Ashton Wade; third runner-up Jessica Megan Wheat; and fourth runner-up Kaamer'ia Sham'prez Howard.
In between segments, the crowd enjoyed a number of country music selections by Cornersville High School sophomore Chelsea Hastings, a very talented young lady herself who sang "Real Fine Place to Start," "How I Feel," and "Wild Angels."
Miss Marshall County 2007 Carolanne Jolley and reigning Junior Miss Katherine Lee were introduced and the pair also assisted Lowe throughout the evening.
The stage was decorated in a harvest motif which made for a lovely back drop to the formal wear competition that saw an array of colors and styles of gowns worn by the contestants. Each of them were again introduced and walked the stage for the judges and audience to admire them.
"Let's have another round of applause for those beautiful young ladies," commented Lowe as he brought them all out again from behind the stage.
Nearly 40 minutes passed before the judges came back with their decision on the top 10, which turned out to be the top 11, due to a tie.
"I knew it was difficult for the judges," commented Lowe, who in the interim had thanked the many sponsors of the pageant, promoted some upcoming chamber events in the fall, and even got a little tongue tied to the delight of the audience.
"No matter what happens from this point forward you're all winners tonight," he stated before announcing the top 11 finalists.
Moving on were Amanda Jade Denton, Kathleen Stacey, Missy Minor, Kaylin Cherie Thomas, Kaamer'ia Sham'prez Howard, Damara Woodby, Chelsie Wood, Kaci Ezell, Shakeya Richardson, Brittney Ashton Wade, and Jessica Megan Wheat.
These 11 were asked to do a set of turns for the judges and stand for a few minutes so they could have one more final look.
Kaylin Cherie Thomas was announced as winner of the Miss Congeniality award, which is voted on by her fellow contestants. She received a silver tray and bouquet of roses.
The top five finalists, who each received a bouquet of flowers and a cash prize, were then announce. Lowe posed randomly chosen questions to the ladies, ranging from qualities in a friend to where you would like to travel.
In addition to the chamber, other sponsors for the evening included the Marshall County Tribune, Bryan's Photography, Barry B. and Cherry White, Security Title and Escrow of Chapel Hill, and Marshall County Elected Officials.