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Miss McMinnville pageant set for Saturday
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The Miss McMinnville Pageant 2015 will be presented Saturday in the auditorium of Warren County High School. The pageant is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
The reigning Miss McMinnville Kristen Gallant will crown her successor, with Outstanding Teen Anna Grace Smith and Teen Princess Kaylee Dixon making appearances, as well as other special guests.
“We are fortunate to be able to hold a Miss Tennessee preliminary here in McMinnville,” said director Susan Burks. “Our pageant is an open event, meaning we accept girls from across the state to compete. Some of the preliminaries have restrictions on who can enter. We feel this is beneficial to our community to get our name visible across the state.”
The contestants will compete in evening wear, swimsuit and talent competitions, as well as a private interview with judges.
Contestants in the Miss McMinnville competition include:
Naomi Grace Boling, 19, is from Corryton, TN. She attends Pellissippi State Technical College and her talent will be a vocal performance of “Sway.”
Elizabeth Hale, 19, is from Birmingham, Ala. She attends Rhodes College and her talent will be clogging.
Laura Ann Higgs, 20, is from Toone, TN. She attends MTSU and her talent will be a jazz dance to “Proud Mary.”
Brianna Mason, 20, is from Nashville. She attends University of Tennessee-Knoxville and she will be playing a classical piano piece as her talent.
Mary Allyson McGinnis, 19, is from Chattanooga. She attends Belmont University and her talent will be vocal opera.
McKenzie Roberts, 19, is from Sevierville. She attends Belmont University and her talent will be a vocal performance of “Someone Like You.”
Victoria Wilegus, 21, is from McKenzie, TN. She attends Bethel University and her talent will be a vocal performance of “You Raise Me Up.”
Peyton Kirby Wilson, 18, is from Elizabethton. She attends East Tennessee State University and her talent will be a classical vocal performance of “Habanera” from the opera Carmen.

Young ladies participating in the Princess in Training mentoring program will also take part in the pageant experience. They will enjoy a luncheon, partake in mentoring sessions with reigning queens, and be presented pageant night with a Miss McMinnville contestant.
Princesses in training include:   
Kalia Stewart, 8, daughter of Hobie and Heather Stewart;
Gracie Cowan, 12, daughter of Chris and Carrie Cowan;
Christa Cowan, 9, daughter of Chris and Carrie Cowan;
Kataen Schockley, 12, daughter of Grady and Penny Schockley;
Dallis Melton, 9, daughter of Josh and Peggy Melton;
Andrea McCormick, 11, daughter of Tracy and Brandi McCormick;
Claire Hale, 7, daughter of Hillari Hale and Brandon Hale.