The annual Miss Country Sunshine and Miss Country Sunshine Outstanding Teen pageants will be held Saturday in the Warren County High School auditorium at 7 p.m. The event will feature 10 teen contestants and eight miss contestants.
Miss Country Sunshine represents Warren County as an ambassador, and is an official Miss Tennessee-Miss America local preliminary. The new Miss Country Sunshine will serve as the official representative for McMinnville and Warren County to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant held each June in Jackson. The winner of the Miss Tennessee Pageant competes in the Miss America Pageant.
Reigning Miss Country Sunshine Jaclyn Torrento will crown her successor and the new teen titleholder. She is a student at Belmont University, majoring in entertainment industry studies. Assisting in the award presentations is the 2011 Miss Country Sunshine’s Teen Princess Autumn Berry.
Miss Country Sunshine Outstanding Teen contestants include:
Miranda Kristine Kliewer, 16, is the daughter of Debra and Jeremy Kliewer. Her pageant platform is the National MS Society.
Meghan Leanne Pittman is the 16-year-old daughter of Jennifer and Shane Pittman and has chosen Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as her platform.
Erin Nicole Bell, 16, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Bell. Her chosen pageant platform is cystic fibrosis.
Sarah Elizabeth Kinnaird is the 14-year-old daughter of Cindy and Tom Kinnaird. Her pageant platform is raising awareness of children with disabilities.
Kayla Nicole Smith is the daughter of Tina and Norman Smith. The 15-year-old has chosen Alzheimer’s disease as her platform.
Leslie Karen Moulton, 15, is the daughter of Connie and Michael Prince, and John Moulton. She will be campaigning for Autism Awareness-Finding Hope.
Camille Elizabeth Gear is the 15-year-old daughter of Teressa and Donn Gear. Her platform is Empowerment Through Special Olympics of Tennessee.
Kaylee Paige Dixon, 13, is the daughter of Misti and Chad Hillis, and Lang Dixon. She has chosen Autism Awareness for her pageant platform.
Naomi Boling, 15, is the daughter of Ann and Kenny Boling. Her platform is Volunteerism - Making a Difference.
Glenna Carlene Beaty is the 15-year-old daughter of Candy and Philip Beaty, and Kim Griffin. Her chosen platform is Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Miss Country Sunshine contestants are:
Olivia Morgan Campbell, 18, daughter of Lori and Jeff Campbell. Her platform is Autism Awareness: The Missing Pieces.
Karlie Roser, daughter of Leslie and Chris Roser, is 19 years old and is presenting her platform of Promoting Youth Fitness.
Sarah Whitney Collins is the 18-year-old daughter of Becky and Heath Collins. Her platform is Shoes for Orphan Souls.
Laura Caroline Carter is the daughter of Laura and John Carter. The 18-year-old has chosen Eating Disorder Education and Awareness as her platform.
Jessica Marie Daniel, 20, is the daughter of Phyllis and Kenny Daniel. Her pageant platform is Building Self-esteem.
Meribeth Holt, 17, is the daughter of Glenda and Arnold Holt. The Adoption Aid Foundation serves as her platform.
Meryl Anne Dexter is the 19-year-old daughter of Vanessa Sluss Dexter and Neal Dexter. She has chosen the Make-A-Wish Foundation for her platform.
Kendall Schulz , 20, is the daughter of Alisha and Richard Schulz. The Butterfly Fund; Raising Awareness for Childhood Cancer is her chosen platform.
Robert Farr is the local director for the pageants.