Wednesday, August 10, 2016
GASTONIA, GASTON COUNTY BEAUTY QUEENS CROWNED FOR 2017
advance to next year's Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant
The annual Miss Gastonia
Scholarship Pageant concluded Saturday night (August 6) with four young women winning crowns and the opportunity to represent
Gastonia and Gaston County in next year's Miss North Carolina competition.
Macy Stutts, a 20-year-old
student at Wingate University, was crowned Miss Gastonia 2017, and Autumn Hubbard, a 19-year-old student at East Carolina
University, was chosen Miss Gaston County 2017. They outscored eight others to win the pageant, which featured
the contestants competing in interview, talent, swimsuit/physical fitness, and evening wear categories.
the talent competition, Stutts sang "Hopelessly Devoted to You," and Hubbard presented a lyrical dance to "The
Greatest Love of All." Each received a $1,000 college scholarship, the official Miss America preliminary
pageant crown and sash, gift certificates, and other prizes.
At Wingate, Stutts
is pursuing a degree in criminal justice while Hubbard is seeking a degree in athletic training at East Carolina.
Both winners will spend the next year making public appearances and promoting their community service programs.
Wykle, a 20-year-old student at Lenoir-Rhyne University, was the first runner-up. Chania
Thompson, a 17-year-old student at East Gaston High School, was the second runner-up and also won the talent award for her
tap dance performance.
Rose Brown, a 22-year-old student at UNC-Charlotte won the swimsuit
award, and Kaitlyn Sparks, a 20-year-old student at Gardner-Webb University, received the Etha Hawkins Bumgardner Congeniality
Award, which is voted on by the contestants.
Other contestants for Miss Gastonia and Miss
Gaston County were Lana Logan, Gabrielle Phillips, Mary Scott Norris, and Kirby Widener.
the Outstanding Teen competition, Savanna Mayes, a 16-year-old student at Forestview High School, was named Miss Gastonia's
Outstanding Teen 2017 and also won the talent award for her lyrical dance to "I Look to You." Madeline
Alexanian, a 14-year-old student at Southlake Christian Academy, was crowned Miss Gaston County's Outstanding Teen 2017.
Spada, a 16-year-old student at Gray Stone Day School, was the first runner-up in the Outstanding Teen competition, and Chloe
Clary, a 15-year-old student at Burns High School, was the second runner-up. Other Outstanding Teen contestants
were Morgan Ellison, Makayla Parton, Sterling Espada, and Nadja Brown.
The pageant was held
at Stuart W. Cramer High School and featured the Miss Gastonia princesses, who served as "little sisters" to the
contestants, and the Miss Gastonia dancers from Studio Elite in Cramerton. Todd Hagans and Tiffany Payne,
Miss Gastonia 2013, co-hosted the pageant, Aaron Coulson and Dylan Johnson were the featured vocalists, and Cathy Layton-Aupied
served as the producer/choreographer. Delores Cox is the pageant's executive director.
Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association, Inc. sponsored the competition, which is Gastonia and Gaston County's official
preliminary pageant for the Miss North Carolina and Miss America programs. For more information, visit
Thursday, August 4, 2016
CONTESTANTS PREPARE FOR MISS
Competition features 18 women vying for Gastonia, Gaston County crowns
Final preparations are underway as 18 young women get ready for this
year’s Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant. The competition takes place Saturday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Stuart
W. Cramer High School, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont.
will vie for the titles of Miss Gastonia, Miss Gaston County, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen, and Miss Gaston County’s
Outstanding Teen 2017.
The four winners will make public appearances, implement a community service program, and
represent the region in next year’s Miss North Carolina competition.
cost $20.00 and will be available at the door. The public is invited.
The theme is "Be Somebody"
and the program involves the contestants competing in talent, interview, swimsuit/fitness, and evening wear categories.
The pageant features the reigning Miss Gastonia Jordan Adcox, Miss Gaston
County Abbey Collins, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen Ashlyn Glass, and Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen
Marissa Garrison. The show also includes the Miss Gastonia Princesses and the Miss Gastonia Dancers from Studio Elite
Cash and in-kind scholarships totaling more than $146,000
are available to the contestants. Belmont Abbey College, Cleveland Community College, Gardner-Webb University, Gaston
College, and Paul Mitchell - The School in Gastonia are contributing in-kind scholarships again this year.
Young women (ages 17-24) who live, attend college, or work full-time within a 50-mile
radius of Gastonia are eligible to enter the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant. The Outstanding Teen program is for
girls who are ages 13-16.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association
is sponsoring the pageant. For more information, visit www.missgastoniapageant.com.
Here is a list of the contestants
competing Saturday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant at Stuart W. Cramer High School (names
are in alphabetical order):
■ Madeline Alexanian, 14, daughter
of Aram and Amy Alexanian of Huntersville; a student at Southlake Christian Academy; talent is piano.
■ Nadja Brown, 16, daughter of Robert and Bernadette Brown of Gastonia; a student Piedmont Community Charter
School ; talent is vocal.
■ Rose Brown, 22, daughter of Benjamin and
Opal Brown of Kings Mountain; a student at UNC-Charlotte; talent is vocal.
Chloe Clary, 15, daughter of Wesley and Danielle Clary of Shelby; a student at Burns High School; talent is dance.
■ Morgan Ellison, 16, daughter of Monica Ellison of Mount Holly; a student at East Gaston
High School; talent is jazz dance.
■ Sterling Espada, 14, daughter
of Angel Espada and Aimee Thompson of Gastonia; a student at Forestview High School; talent is dance.
■ Autumn Hubbard, 19, daughter of Patrick Hubbard and Arve Carter of Charlotte; a student at East Carolina
University; talent is lyrical dance.
■ Lana Logan, 19, daughter of
Jason and Betty Logan of Lincolnton; a student at Elon University; talent is vocal.
■ Savanna Mayes, 16, granddaughter of Barbara Painter of Gastonia; a student at Forestview High School; talent
is lyrical dance.
■ Mary Scott Norris, 21, daughter of Tim and Leigh
Ann Norris of Salisbury; a student at Catawba College; talent is dance.
Parton, 15, daughter of David and Markesha Parton of Gastonia; a homeschool student; talent is vocal.
■ Gabrielle Phillips, 17, daughter of Greg and Maria Phillips of Gastonia; a student at Ashbrook High School;
talent is dance.
■ Lindsay Spada, 16, daughter of Eric and Paula Almond
of Charlotte; a student at Gray Stone Day School; talent is contemporary dance.
Kaitlyn Sparks, 20, daughter of Don and Michele Sparks of Troutman; a student at Gardner-Webb University; talent is vocal.
■ Macy Stutts, 20, daughter of Todd and Sherri Stutts of Locust; a student at Wingate
University; talent is vocal.
■ Chania Thompson, 17, daughter of Corey
and Shandra Thompson of Mount Holly; a student at East Gaston High School; talent is tap dance.
■ Kirby Widener, 20, daughter of Jody and Marsha Widener of Bessemer City; a student at Gardner-Webb University;
talent is piano.
■ Makayla Wykle, 20, daughter of Chiman and Elizabeth
Patel of Gastonia; a student at Lenoir-Rhyne University; talent is martial arts presentation.