The Miss Country Sunshine Pageant stage came alive recently as 21 contestants competed for the three titles of Miss Country Sunshine, Outstanding Teen and Teen Princess.
Twenty-one-year-old MerylAnne Dexter was crowned Miss Country Sunshine by reigning queen Maria Shepherd, and Miss Tennessee Shelby Thompson.
Dexter is a senior student at Brigham Young University, with aspirations to become a genetic counselor. She was also recognized as the talent winner, after singing “La Vie En Rose” in French. She is the daughter of Vanessa Sluss Dexter.
Brooke Hudgins, 18, the daughter of Cheryl and Jim Hudgins was named first runner-up and swimsuit winner. Ashley Nicole Broockman, the 21-year-old daughter of Pam and Pete Broockman, was named second runner-up; and Hannah Marie Bobinger, 20, daughter of Cara and Chuck Bobinger was named third runner-up.
People’s Choice honors went to Natalie Corrine Newbill, 22, daughter of Birdie and Timothy Mays, and Gary and Angela Newbill.
Sharmain Mayes received the Edwin Partin Congenial Award, which was voted on by the other contestants.
Allie Elizabeth Corzine, 16, was named Country Sunshine Outstanding Teen. She is a student at Christ Presbyterian Academy, and sang and played guitar for her talent presentation.
Anna Grace Smith, 14, daughter of Tammy and Ralph Smith, was recognized as first runner-up; and Madelyn Claire Keaton, 13, daughter of Gina and Chris Keaton was named second runner-up.
Warren County native Katherine Jane Tubb, 16, daughter of Joy and John Tubb, earned the People’s Choice Award.
Fifteen-year-old Emily Hamby was crowned Country Sunshine Teen Princess from a field of six contestants. She is a student at Oakland High School, and her parents are Stacey and Craig Hamby. Miss Hamby was crowned by reigning princess Alyssa Ledbetter.
Local resident Kaylee Paige Dixon, 15, was honored with first runner-up honors, as well as the People’s Choice. She is the daughter of Misti and Chad Hillis, and Lang Dixon.
Second runner-up in the competition was Baylee Ashlyn Nester, the 13-year-old daughter of Tracy and Gary Nester.
Miss Tennessee Shelby Thompson served as mistress of ceremonies, and she informed the audience about her year of service, and plans for the upcoming Miss America competition in September.
“I’m very pleased and excited to be in Warren County tonight,” said Thompson. “And I’m definitely excited about the Miss America Pageant going back to Atlantic City.”