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Pageant 2016

 
Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Stuart W. Cramer High School, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont
6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20.00 available at the door. Reigning Miss North Carolina
and Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen local preliminary queens
will be admitted free. All other guests should purchase a ticket.

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PRESS RELEASE
Thursday, July 23, 2015

MISS GASTONIA PAGEANT IS SATURDAY, JULY 25
Fourteen young women vying for Gastonia, Gaston County crowns

Final preparations are underway as 14 young women get ready for this year's Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant. The competition takes place Saturday, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High School, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont.

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 2016. The four winners will make public appearances, implement a community service program, and represent the region in next year's Miss North Carolina competition.

Tickets cost $20.00 and will be available at the door. The theme is "Stole the Show" and the program involves the contestants competing in talent, interview, swimsuit/fitness, and evening wear categories. 

The pageant features the reigning Miss Gastonia Christina Benedict, Miss Gaston County Mackenzie Church, Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen Payton Calvert, and Miss Gaston County's Outstanding Teen Jessica Clifford. The show also includes the Miss Gastonia Princesses and the Miss Gastonia Dancers from Studio Elite in Cramerton.

Nicole Southgate Lowe, Miss Gaston County 2007, is the mistress of ceremonies, and Adrienne Perry Sulkey, first runner-up to Miss North Carolina 2001, is the featured vocalist.

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 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 100-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, July 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Pageant at Stuart W. Cramer High School (names are in alphabetical order):

■ Jordan Adcox, 17; daughter of Jeanie Adcox of Mooresboro; a student at Chase High School; talent is dance.

■ Chloe Clary, 14; daughter of Wes and Danielle Clary of Shelby; a student at Burns High School; talent is dance.

■ Abbey Collins, 19; daughter of Terry and Betty Collins of Morganton; a student at Appalachian State University; talent is clogging.

■ Jessica Costner, 17; daughter of Amy Costner of Lincolnton; a student at Gaston College; talent is contemporary dance.

■ Scarlet Fretwell, 17; daughter of Mark and Robin Fretwell of Belmont; a student at Cape Fear Community College; talent is vocal performance.

■ Marissa Garrison, 14; daughter of Phillip and Barbie Garrison of Mount Holly; a student at Stuart W. Cramer High School; talent is musical theater dance.

■ Ashlyn Glass, 16; daughter of Jennifer and Devon Glass of Mount Holly; a student at Stuart W. Cramer High School; talent is vocal performance.

■ Hailey Harwell, 14; daughter of Aaron Harwell and Tammy Biggerstaff of Gastonia; a student at Stuart W. Cramer High School; talent is dance.

■ Jasmine Isaac, 20; daughter of Errol and Tonya Isaac of Fayetteville; a student at UNC-Charlotte; talent is piano.

■ Ashton Laney, 18; daughter of Todd Laney and Sharon Messer of Charlotte; a student at UNC-Charlotte; talent is jazz dance.

■ Cheyenne Niederer, 15; daughter of Kevin and Tonia Niederer of Bessemer City; a student at Bessemer City High School; talent is monologue.

■ Mary Scott Norris, 20; daughter of Tim and Leigh Ann Norris of Salisbury; a student at Catawba College; talent is tap dance.

■ Chania Thompson, 15; daughter of Corey and Shandra Thompson of Mount Holly; a student at East Gaston High School; talent is dance.

■ Makayla Wykle, 19; daughter of Chiman and Elizabeth Patel of Gastonia; a student at Lenoir-Rhyne University; talent is martial arts/creative musical performance.

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