Ten young women will take the stage at Bladenboro Middle School auditorium on October 17 to compete for the titles of Princess of Bladenboro and Miss Bladenboro; which are festival preliminaries to the Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen Pageants.
Executive Directors Karen & John Ruffin say they are looking forward to making Bladen County history for a second year in as many years as the new Princess of Bladenboro will be the first young woman to represent Bladenboro, or Bladen County, at the Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen competition next June. Lindsey Sue Herring made history this past summer as the first Miss Bladenboro to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina.
Contestants for the title of Princess of Bladenboro will compete in five phases of competition-private interview, physical fitness, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. Private interview and talent are the heaviest weighted categories in the overall judging.
Competing for the title of Princess of Bladenboro are five young ladies. Bailey Elizabeth Deans, the 16 year old daughter of William Tracy and Leigh Watson Deans is a sophomore at Southern Nash High School. Caroline Hodges, the daughter of Ana and Michael Hodges, is a freshman at Village Christian Academy. Thirteen year old Kiersten Lanette Hopkins is the daughter of Shawn and Kathryn Harrell; she attends Mac Williams Middle School. Hailey Elizabeth Hudson, a freshman at Terry Sanford High School, is the daughter of Amy and Shannon Hudson. Anna Grace Allen, fourteen year old daughter of Jason and Teresa Allen, is a freshman at Gray’s Creek High School.
At the Miss level, contestants will compete in interview, lifestyle and fitness-known as swimsuit, talent, on-stage question, and evening gown. Interview and talent carry the most weight in overall points.
Miss Bladenboro contestants include the following young ladies. Megan Nicole Atkinson, a sophomore at East Carolina University, is the twenty year old daughter of Joan and Dale Brennan, of White Lake, and James Atkinson. Contestant number two is eighteen year old Bryanna Carrington, the daughter of Jacquelynn and Ronnie Gibson of Fayetteville. Bryanna attends the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Contestant number three is eighteen year old Rachel Cole, daughter of Lt. Colonel Michael and Laura Cole of Fayetteville. Rachel is a freshman at Meredith College. Contestant number four is West Bladen High senior Kaitlyn Gause. Kaitlyn is the daughter of Jeff and Tammy Gause of Bladenboro. The final Miss Bladenboro contestant is Haven Cashwell, the twenty year old daughter of David and Alice Cashwell of Wade. Haven is a freshman at North Carolina State University.
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