The winners of the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant
2014 are (left to right)
Miss Gaston County's Outstanding Teen Hannah Seagle, Miss Gaston County
Abernathy, Miss Gastonia Lyndsey Stephens, and Miss Gastonia's
Outstanding Teen Jordan Adcox.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Media Contact: Todd Hagans, (704) 739-4842
South Point High School seniors claim Miss Gastonia,
Miss Gaston County crowns
Lyndsey Stephens and Rachel Abernathy have at least
three things in common. They are 17 years old. They are seniors at South Point High School. And, they are the Gaston region's
newest beauty queens.
Stephens captured the Miss Gastonia 2014 title
and Abernathy was crowned Miss Gaston County 2014 to conclude the annual Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant held Sunday, August
11 at Gaston College. They will receive a $1,000 scholarship and other prizes and represent Gastonia and Gaston County in
next summer's Miss North Carolina pageant.
Jordan Gallagher, 21,
a senior at Wingate University, was the first runner-up and received a $300 scholarship. Ashton Laney, 17, a student at Lincoln
Charter High School, was the second runner-up and won a $200 scholarship. SaraBeth Clapp, 18, of Cherryville received the
Etha Hawkins Bumgardner congeniality award and a $100 scholarship.
contestants were Megan Richard of Lincolnton, Kristen Boone of Kings Mountain and Sarah Ashley of Charlotte. Each non-finalist
received a $100 scholarship. Young women ages 17-24 from Gaston and surrounding counties are eligible to participate in the
Stephens, whose talent and swimsuit awards earned her an additional
$200 in scholarship money, presented a jazz dance for the talent competition. She plans to attend UNC-Charlotte and pursue
a career in pediatric oncology. Stephens is the daughter of Craig and Windy Stephens of Belmont.
Abernathy is the daughter of John and Dixie Abernathy of Belmont. She presented a Broadway jazz dance for the talent
competition. Abernathy would like to attend Wake Forest University to major in international law.
In the Outstanding Teen division, Jordan Adcox, 15, of Mooresboro won the Gastonia title and Hannah Seagle, 14, of
Morganton won the Gaston County title. Sarah Propst, 13, of Claremont was the first runner-up. Adcox also won the physical
fitness award and Seagle claimed the talent award.
The other Outstanding
Teen contestants were Karigan McCurry of Gastonia, Erica Carpenter of Kings Mountain, Tori Gross of Archdale and Gillian Moore
of Matthews. The Outstanding Teen pageant is open to girls ages 13-16 from across the state.
This coming year, the four winners will make public appearances, promote community service activities, and support
the Children's Miracle Network, which is the pageant program's national charity. They also will spend time preparing
for the state competition.
The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association sponsored
the pageant, which is an official local preliminary program of the Miss North Carolina and Miss America organizations.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013Media
Contact: Todd Hagans, (704) 739-4842
Miss Gastonia Scholarship
Pageant is Sunday afternoon
at Gaston College
Competition features 15 young women vying for Gastonia, Gaston County crowns
Final preparations are underway as 15 young women
get ready for this year’s Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant. The competition takes place Sunday,
August 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Myers Auditorium at Gaston College, 201 Highway 321 South, Dallas.
The contestants will vie for the titles of Miss Gastonia, Miss Gaston County, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding
Teen, and Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen 2014. The four winners will make public appearances,
implement a community service program, and represent the region in the Miss North Carolina pageant.
Tickets cost $20.00 and will be available at the door. The public
is invited. The theme is "Treasure Who You Are" and the show features contestants competing in
talent, interview, swimsuit/fitness, and evening wear categories.
Southgate Lowe, Miss Gaston County 2007, is the mistress of ceremonies. Adrienne Perry Sulkey, first runner-up
to Miss North Carolina 2001, and Miss Gastonia 2000 Heather Elkin are the featured vocalists. The show
also features the reigning Miss Gastonia Tiffany Payne, Miss Gaston County Hannah Webb, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding
Teen Emily Miner, and Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen Allison Kauffman.
The following girls are serving as Miss Gastonia princesses and will be featured in the show: Jordan
Abernathy, Autumn Beard, Madison Bowden, Natalie Damon, Jordan Debbold, Ava Garland, Jenna Hallman, Eden Heston, Emma Lunsford,
Abby Michael, Genevieve Moore, Carson Poarch, Celia-Grace Pribble, Ava Starnes, Carlee Starns, Aleczandria Stinnett, Halle
White and Rilan White.
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 again this year.
Miss Gastonia/Miss Gaston County is for young women (ages 17-24)
who live, attend college, or work full-time in a 10-county region: Gaston, Cleveland, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Union, Catawba,
Caldwell, Burke, Rutherford and Polk. 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, Inc.is sponsoring the pageant.
Here is a list of the 15 contestants (names are in alphabetical order):
■ Rachel Abernathy, 17; daughter
of John and Dixie Abernathy of Belmont; a student at South Point High School; talent is jazz dance.
Adcox, 15; daughter of Jeanie Adcox of Mooresboro; a student at Chase High School; talent is lyrical dance.
Ashley, 21; daughter of Joe and Cary Ashley of Charlotte; a student at East Carolina University; talent is contemporary dance.
Kristen Boone, 19; daughter of Debbie and Bob Shergill of Kings Mountain; a student at Queens University; talent is tap dance.
Erica Carpenter, 16; daughter of Scott and Linda Carpenter of Kings Mountain; a student at Kings Mountain High School; talent
SaraBeth Clapp, 18; daughter of John and Ginger Oriente and Olie Clapp III of Cherryville; a student at Cleveland Community
College; talent is vocal/guitar.
■ Jordan Gallagher, 21; daughter of Robert and Christi Gallagher of
Norwood; a student at Wingate University; talent is jazz dance.
■ Tori Gross, 13; daughter of Tim
and Sharon Gross of Archdale; a home-schooled student; talent is lyrical dance.
■ Ashton Laney, 17; daughter of
Todd Laney and Sharon Messer of Charlotte; a student at Lincoln Charter High School; talent is musical theater dance.
Karigan McCurry, 15; daughter of Danny and Kimberly McCurry of Gastonia; a student at Hunter Huss High School; talent is vocal.
Gillian Moore, 13; daughter of Eugene and Ginger Moore of Matthews; a student at Crestdale Middle School; talent is clarinet.
Sarah Propst, 13; daughter of Mark and Stacey Propst of Claremont; a student at American Renaissance Middle School; talent
is musical theater dance.
■ Megan Richard, 19; daughter of Ronald and Beth Richard of Lincolnton; a student
at Gaston College; talent is clogging.
■ Hannah Seagle, 14; daughter of Roger and Tyra Seagle of Morganton;
a student at Patton High School; talent is lyrical dance.
■ Lyndsey Stephens, 17; daughter of Craig and
Windy Stephens of Belmont; a student at South Point High School; talent is jazz dance.