Houston shows support for local teen

By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal

HOUSTON – The City of Houston proclaimed Saturday as Molly May Day and approximately 100 people showed up at Houston First Baptist Church for a trunk show to honor the hometown girl.

May was named Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen June 2 and will now travel to Orlando Fla., on Aug. 14 to represent the state at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen National Competition.

“You don’t realize how much your being here and your support means to me,” said May. “I am a small-town girl but there is a big world out there and I want to grab it by the reins. You are helping me get there.”

Saturday’s event saw Miss Mississippi Marie Wicks and Laura Lee Lewis, Miss Outstanding Teen 2009, host the trunk show. Francee Beard, Miss Outstanding Teen 2011, was also in attendance.

The afternoon gathering saw May model the fashions she will wear during competition Miss America’s Outstanding Teen National Competition Aug. 14-18. May will compete in interview, talent, evening wear, fitness, academics and on-stage-questions. She will be outfitted in styles ranging from formal gowns and dresses to casual wear and business attire.

The Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen competition is a sister pageant to the Miss Mississippi Pageant. The goal is to groom teens for the Miss Mississippi Pageant with an eye developing young women to compete and win the Miss America pageant.

May has chosen breast cancer awareness as her personal platform and has spoken to the Houston Exchange Club and other local organizations about her cause.

May’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was eight-years-old. She said her goal is to make children in similar situation realize they are not alone, there is hope and there are people who want to help.

May has pointed out there are 190,000 new breast cancer diagnosis each year and 40,000 deaths are attributed to the disease annually.

May is also supporting the Children’s Miracle Network and will help raise funds for the 170 children’s hospital across North America. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, is the CMN hospital in the readership area.

May is a lifelong resident of Houston. She is a drum major for the Houston Topper Band a member of the Beta Club, Student Council President and Yearbook Editor. She is a member of First Baptist Church Youth Choir and Handbell Choir. She is involved in Houston Community Theatre and Relay for Life.