The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant will be held Sunday, July 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Myers Auditorium
at Gaston College, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas.
Sixteen contestants will
vie for the titles of Miss Gastonia, Miss Gaston County, Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen, and Miss Gaston County's
Outstanding Teen 2013. The four winners will make public appearances, participate in community service projects, and represent
the Gaston region in next year's Miss North Carolina competition.
cost $20.00 and will be available at the door. The theme is "Our Time Is Now" and the show features contestants
competing in talent, interview, swimsuit/fitness, and evening wear categories.
Miss Gaston County Nicole Southgate Lowe is hostess for the program. Adrienne Perry Sulkey, first runner-up to Miss North
Carolina 2001, is the featured vocalist. The show also includes Miss Gastonia Beth Smith, Miss Gaston County Alexandria Freeman,
Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen Lindsey Mackey, and Miss Gaston County's Outstanding Teen Bailee Eurey.
Cash and in-kind scholarships totaling more than $59,000 are available to the contestants.
Belmont Abbey College, Cleveland Community College, Gardner-Webb University, Gaston College, and Paul Mitchell - The School,
Gastonia are contributing in-kind scholarships.
The pageant is for young
women (ages 17-24) who live, attend college, or work full-time within a 150-mile radius of Gastonia. Outstanding Teen is for
girls who are ages 13-16 and N.C. residents - the teen contestants are not required to live in a particular county.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association is sponsoring the pageant.
Here is a list of the contestants (names are in alphabetical order):
Sarah Ashley, 20; daughter of Joe and Cary Ashley of Charlotte; a student at East Carolina University;
talent is lyrical dance.
Parrisha Barnes, 17; daughter
of Derick and Shaaron Funderburk of Gastonia; a student at Forestview High School; talent is vocal.
Katelyn Beasley, 22; daughter of William Beasley and Elizabeth Beasley of Cherryville; a student
at N.C. State University; talent is jazz dance.
15; daughter of Eddie and Charlotte Cassell of Mount Airy; a student at North Surry High School; talent is vocal.
Melina Davis, 18; daughter of Jimmy and Elizabeth Davis of Thomasville; a
student at High Point University; talent is cake decorating presentation.
Gillespie, 18; daughter of Lloyd and Faye Gillespie of Mount Airy; a student at East Carolina University; talent
is rhythmic gymnastics routine.
Allison Kauffman, 13;
daughter of Scott and Samantha Kauffman of Asheboro; a student at South Asheboro Middle School; talent is acrobatic dance.
Ashton Laney, 15; daughter of Todd Laney and Sharon Messer of Charlotte; a
student at Lincoln Charter High School; talent is jazz dance.
Macomson, 14; daughter of Mike and Bethanna Macomson of Lincolnton; a student at Lincolnton High School; talent is
Toria Mangum, 17; daughter of Jennifer Gaines of
High Point; a student at Southern Guilford High School; talent is lyrical dance.
Brooke McAbee, 20; daughter of Sidney and Candise Reynolds of Bessemer City; a student at UNC-Wilmington;
talent is dance.
Karigan McCurry, 14; daughter of Danny
and Kimberly McCurry of Gastonia; a student at Hunter Huss High School; talent is vocal.
Emily Miner, 13; daughter of Joe and Kerri Miner of Concord; a student at Cox Mill High School;
talent is sign language presentation.
Tiffany Payne, 20;
the daughter of Richard and Rhonda Payne of Bessemer City; a student at UNC-Chapel Hill; talent is vocal.
Victoria Van Dyke, 21; the daughter of Darrell and Kim Van Dyke of Belmont;
a student at Belmont University; talent is vocal.
21; the daughter of Rick and Phyllis Webb of Colfax; a student at New York Institute of Photography; talent is vocal.