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Miss Lovely Preteen Taylor Graham is joined by court, from left, Jillian Belle Richardson, second runner-up; and Victoria Renea Byars, first runner-up; and talent and interview winner. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

The inaugural Warren County’s Miss Lovely Pageant was presented Saturday night at Hickory Creek Elementary. The event is unlike most pageants, as it is specifically designed for girls ages 7-23 with special needs. 

Contestants met with a panel of judges for an interview counting as 20 percent of their overall score, with onstage introduction being 10 percent, beauty walk 20 percent and personality counting for 50 percent. A talent category was optional to contestants, not applying to the final scores. 

The pageant’s mission is to provide an opportunity for girls and young women with disabilities to raise self-confidence through the skills learned in pageantry in a supportive environment. It was spearheaded by Brandie and Lauren Mansfield after attending and participating in a similar pageant in Chicago, Ill. They recruited a huge group of volunteers and sponsors to make the Miss Lovely event a success.  

Each of the Miss Lovely queens will be receiving an invitation to the Tennessee Miss Amazing Pageant held in Franklin in April, which is a prelude to the national level competition taking place in August. 

Kristen and Bryan Kell were the hosts for the evening, with Carter Mansfield, James Totherow, Easton Adcock and Colin Totherow serving as escorts. A large group of area queens were present at a contestant meet and greet and assisted in the crowning ceremonies.  

Winners in the various categories are as follow: 

Kendra LaShae Tigue was crowned Warren County’s 2019 Young Miss Lovely. She is the 9-year-old daughter of Brittney Shockley and Zackery Steele. She was also awarded the interview prize. 

Court members include Elizabeth Underwood, first runner-up, who is the 8-year-old daughter of Kayla Underwood. Aryanna Brown, 9, was second runner-up, and received the talent award. She is the daughter of Sarah Nunley.  

Miss Lovely Preteen Taylor Graham is the 10-year-old daughter of Joshua Graham and Heather Graham. First runner-up honors were bestowed on 12-year-old Victoria Renea Byars, as well as the talent and interview accolades. Her parents are Paul and Becky Byars. Contestant Jillian Belle Richardson, daughter of Jason and Rena Richardson, was named second runner-up. 

Other young ladies participating in the Young Miss category include: Addyson Grace Womack, daughter of Jennifer and Jeremy Womack; Judy Marie Latimer, daughter of Tim and Linnie Latimer; Katlin Farley, daughter of Cory Farley and Ashley Cantrell; Faith Coates, daughter of Julie Watts; and Zoe Burrus, daughter of Buck Pease and Linda Pease.  

Reba Merriman claimed the Junior Teen title, as well as the best interview honor. She is the 15-year-old daughter of Jeff and Angie Merriman.  Allie Ann Latimer, daughter of Tim and Linnie Latimer, was first runner-up, with Dianna Fajardo, daughter of Teo and Norma Fajardo, honored with second place.  

Contestant Debrah Pack, 18, was awarded the Miss Lovely Teen title, interview and talent accolades. She is the daughter of Magan Tate. 

Bryanna Morgan is the first Warren County’s Miss Lovely. The 21-year-old is the daughter of Amanda and Michael Ferrell. She was also honored with the interview and talent wins.