Young women vie for Miss Tupelo, Outstanding Teen

By NEMS Daily Journal

The 2013 Miss Tupelo Scholarship Pageant and Tupelo’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium.
Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen, Molly May, will be a special guest at the pageant.
Pageant contestants will compete for college scholarships, cash awards and a lucrative prize package compiled 100 percent by donations from area businesses and individuals.
“There are no entry fees for the pageant, so we depend 100 percent on our sponsors. We are grateful to those who donate toward our Prize Package and Scholarship Fund. The girls feel they have the support of so many in Tupelo, and even outside the area, which goes a long way when competing at the state pageant,” said Amye Gousset, pageant director.
The Miss Tupelo Pageant is a preliminary pageant to the Miss Mississippi Pageant, and Tupelo’s Outstanding Teen Pageant is a preliminary pageant to Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. Both state pageants will be held in summer 2013 in Vicksburg.
Miss Tupelo’s
Outstanding
Teen Contestants
• CJ Williams is the 15-year-old daughter of Roger and Lisa Williams. She is a sophomore at Tupelo High School. CJ will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is Performing Arts for Every Child.
• Adreona Hair is the 15-year-old daughter of Andrew Hair and Sonya Miller. She is a sophomore at Shannon High School. Adreona will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is Breast Cancer Awareness.
• Layla Taylor is the 16-year-old daughter of John and Angela Cohea. She is a junior at Nettleton High School. Layla will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is raising awareness for the March of Dimes.
• Alivia Roberts is the 16-year-old daughter of Kenneth and Teresa Roberts. She is a junior at Shannon High School. Alivia will dance for her talent, and her critical issue is HOPE phones, a recycling program for third world countries.
• Tyler Roberson is the 15-year-old daughter of John Roberson and Melissa Hattox. She is a sophomore at Shannon High School. Tyler will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is Teen Suicide Awareness.
Miss Tupelo
Contestants
• Alicia Tubb is the 17-year-old daughter of Michael and Kristi Graves. She is a senior at Mooreville High School. Alicia will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is Pulmonary Disease Awareness.
• Hannah Hathorn is the 20-year-old daughter of Dale and Jean Hathorn. She is a sophomore at Mississippi State University. Hannah will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is Child Mentoring.
• Leigh Ayers is the 18-year-old daughter of Brook and Kim Ayers. She is a senior at Tupelo Christian Preparatory School. Leigh will play the piano and sing for her talent, and her critical issue focuses on building Positive Body Images for young ladies.
• Quitley Ivy is the 20-year-old daughter of Jeff and Judy Ivy. She is a sophomore at Itawamba Community College. Quitley will sing for her talent, and her critical issue is raising awareness and funds for The American Cancer Society.