Savannah Maddison, a 17-year-old Franklin resident, was crowned Miss Middle Tennessee at the scholarship pageant held last weekend at Warren County High School. Also crowned was Georgia Gardner as Miss McMinnville. The two candidates will be present at the Miss Tennessee competition to be held in June in Knoxville. Also crowned during the evening was Lydia Fisher as Miss Greater Nashville, who will also advance to the state competition.
The title of Middle Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen was awarded to AnnaLee Story, and she will compete for the state title at Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen event in March.
Maddison is a student at Columbia State University, a CAA recording artist and writer, and a Random House Publishing author. She is CEO of the national 501C3 organization, Savannah’s Soldiers, which she formed for military support and awareness and youth empowerment and confidence development. For her talent, she sang and played the guitar to her original song, “Soldier’s Daughter.”
Gardner sang for the talent portion of the competition, presenting “Stand by Your Man.” She is a student at the University of Louisville, seeking a PhD in counseling psychology. Her pageant platform is Stand Up Against Stigma: Mental Health Awareness.
Miss Greater Nashville Lydia Fisher is a 20-year-old student at the University of Memphis, with a double major of musical theatre and speech therapy. She sang “A Change in Me” for her talent, and her platform issue stresses Advocacy for Special Needs Education and Job Placement.
Outstanding Teen AnnaLee Story’s pageant platform is Beat Bullying, a movement for which she has great passion. The Lawrence County High School sophomore sang “Never Let Me Down” in the talent competition, and was recognized as the pageant fitness winner.
Categories for competition included personal interview, 25 percent; talent 40 percent; on-stage interview 15 percent; and evening wear/social impact, 20 percent. This was the first Tennessee preliminary under the new scoring system without a swimsuit competition.
Miss McMinnville 2018 Corbin Hinson and Miss McMinnville’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Kataen Shockley crowned their successors during the evening. The pageant emcee was Miss Tennessee 2017 Caty Davis, who also performed the opening number.
McMinnville resident Mary Humphrey, reigning Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, was present and danced en pointe during the competition.
Miss Middle Tennessee Scholarship director is Susan Burks, with Emily Britton serving as the Outstanding Teen director.