The pageant, a preliminary to the Miss Tennessee and Miss America scholarship pageants, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the D.P. Culp Center auditorium at East Tennessee State University. After competing in several categories, including evening gown, swimsuit, on-stage interview and talent, two winners will be selected to move on and compete in the Miss Tennessee pageant next year.
In addition to the iconic crown and sash, the winners and runners-up will also receive a $750 scholarship, a one-year membership to the Wellness Center, a one-year membership to Beautiful Tans, $1,500 in medical spa services from Changes Medical Spa, a year of hair care services from Design Studio, $500 in makeup from Merle Norman and a $1,000 photo package from David Clapp Photography.
Contestants also will be up for several other scholarships, including:
— A Miss Congeniality Scholarship in honor of longtime pageant supporter Velma J. Harmon.
— Winners of the interview and talent portions will each receive respective scholarships.
—• A community service scholarship and a Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Scholarship will also be awarded by the end of the night.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10. The nine women competing for the crowns are:
— Anne McKay Sandelovich — A 21-year-old human services student at ETSU, Anne hails from Gallatin and hopes to become a school counselor in order to help children with drug and alcohol problems. She will be advocating for Campaign to Break the Chain National Association for Children of Addiction, and she will dance for her talent.
— Alley Morgan — Alley, 20, is a Greeneville native studying at Northeast State Community College. She’s studying studio arts to work toward her dream of becoming a tattoo artist specializing in scar cover-ups. She campaigns for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and will sing for her talent.
— Samantha Jo Hess — Samantha is 18 years old and studies communications and foreign language at ETSU. She’s from Kingsport and hopes to work with children around the world while learning about different cultures. Samantha will dance for her talent.
— Megan Tipton — Megan, from Limestone, is a 19-year-old student at East Tennessee State University majoring in nursing. Her career goal is to get a master’s in nursing and become a pediatric nurse practitioner. Her platform is Fitness is Fun. For her talent, Megan will dance.
— Harley Follis — 20-year-old Harley hopes to become a school counselor after completing her education in psychology at King College. She’s from Bluff City, and her platform is Childhood Hunger. Harley will clog for her talent portion of the pageant.
— Emma Brown — A Chuckey native, Emma is a 17-year-old home-schooled senior who plans to attend college for a law degree in order to reach her dream of becoming a child advocate attorney. Her platform is human trafficking. Emma will dance for the talent portion of the pageant.
— Ally Mattie Steadman — Ally is 21 years old and an ETSU nursing student who hopes to work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit before returning to school to become a nurse anesthetist. She advocates for the Children’s Medical Network as her platform, and will sing to showcase her talent.
— Morgan Munsey — Morgan is a 20-year-old computer science major at ETSU who hails from Church Hill. Her degree is concentrated in information technology, and she advocates for Involving Girls in Tech for her platform. Morgan will dance to showcase her talent.
— Nicole Schicker — Nicole is a student at Chattanooga State Community College from Dickson majoring in psychology, and she plans to pursue a career in psychology once she graduates. Nicole’s platform is Volunteer Match and her talent is dancing.