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Eight local women compete for crown, scholarships

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 11, 2018 at 8:46 PM

Eight young women will take the stage Saturday in Science Hill High School’s auditorium to compete for college scholarships and prizes in the Miss Johnson City/Miss Historic Jonesborough Scholarship Pageant.

The 7 p.m. event, a preliminary to the Miss Tennessee pageant, is under the direction of new Executive Directors Kellie Ritsko and Robin Beals this year. General admission tickets are $10 at the door the night of the pageant. The doors will open at 6.

Contestants will compete in several categories, including evening gown, swimsuit, talent and on-stage interview. This year’s pageant theme is DIVAS (Determined, Independent, Vivacious, Aspiring, Sensational Young Women).

College scholarships will be awarded to the winners and first and second runners-up, with a Miss Congeniality Scholarship honoring Velma J. Harmon, a long-time pageant supporter; a scholarship to the interview winner in honor of Bobbie Kabool; a scholarship to the talent portion winner in honor of Jack and Ann Leonard; and a community service scholarship in honor of Roy L. Bailey.

Some winners will receive a one-year membership to the Wellness Center, medical spa services from Changes Medical Spa valued at approximately $1,500, a $500 makeup package from Merle Norman in The Mall at Johnson City and a year’s hair care with four colors from Alex Sponcia.

The contestants this year are:

Rebekah Ann Saylor is 19 years old and the daughter of Rocky and Cindy Taylor of Jonesborough. She is a graduate of David Crockett High School. She attends Milligan College where she is majoring in pre-professional psychology. Upon graduation, she plans to obtain a master’s degree in occupational therapy and purse a career in that field. Her platform is Music as Therapy. For her talent, Rebekah will play piano and sing.

Sarah Gracie Blevins is 17 years old and the daughter of Cathy Blevins and the late Dr. Ballard Blevins of Kingsport. She attends Dobyns-Bennett High School. Upon graduation, Sarah plans to attend East Tennessee State University to study in the medical field. Her platform is the Alzheimer’s Association. For her talent, Sarah will dance.

Marti Sullivan is 19 years old and the daughter of Michael and Annette Sullivan of Lewisburg. She is a graduate of Marshall County High School. She attends the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she is majoring in education. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher. Her platform is I Love Me 123. For her talent, Marti will sing.

Alley Morgan is 20 years old and the daughter of Freda and Jeff Morgan of Greeneville. She is a graduate of Greeneville High School. She attends Walter’s State Community College, where she is majoring in pre-veterinary science. She hopes one day to become a wildlife manager. Alley’s platform is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For her talent, Alley will sing.

Anne “Annie” Sandelovich is 22 years old and the daughter of Mike and Kay Sandelovich of Gallatin. She is a graduate of Gallatin High School and attends East Tennessee State University, where she is majoring in human services. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in counseling. Her career goal is to work with the children of alcoholics or to become a high school guidance counselor. Her platform is the Campaign to Break the Chain: National Association for Children of Addiction. For her talent, Anne will dance.

Annie Malcom is 22 years old and is the daughter of Daren Malcom and Amy Bartley of Bluff City. She is a graduate of Sullivan East High School. She attends East Tennessee State University, where she is majoring in nutrition and dietetics. Her career goal is to become a registered dietician. Her platform is Nutrition is Science. For her talent, Annie will sing.

Lily Elizabeth Lynn Brock is 19 years old and the daughter of Andrew and Jill Brock of Johnson City. She attends East Tennessee State University, where she is majoring in early childhood education. Upon graduation she plans to pursue her doctorate in education. She plans to own a preschool and dance studio that serves children with special needs. Lily’s platform is “Learning to Succeed.”. For her talent, Lily will sing.

Peyton Kirby Wilson is 22 years old and the daughter of Chana Kirby of Elizabethton. She is a graduate of Elizabethton High School and attends East Tennessee State University, where she is majoring in English. Peyton plans to pursue a career as a curator for a children’s museum. Her platform is Peyton’s Purpose. For her talent, Peyton will sing.

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