A petite blonde captured the hearts of the judges Saturday evening in the Miss Warren County Scholarship Pageant held at Warren County Middle School.
Melanie Grace Rush, a 16-year-old WCHS junior, earned the Miss Warren County title from a field of 42 contestants. She is the daughter of Susan and Greg Rush, and was also awarded the Best Interview Award for her private interview with the judges.
Rush was crowned by the reigning Miss Warren County Glenna Beaty. She was joined in the court by Treeah Baili Majors, daughter of Daniel Majors, and Twan Majors, first runner-up; Kaitlin Nicole Lawrence, daughter of David and Dena Upton, second runner-up; Blair Mckenzie Fisher, daughter of Franklin and Leanne Fisher, third runner-up; and Leslie Karen Moulton, daughter of Michael and Connie Prince, and John Moulton, fourth runner-up.
Miss Congeniality honors were bestowed on Graylin Clare Brock by her fellow contestants. Her parents are Melanie and Brad Brock. Haley Lane Sanders, daughter of Stacy Sanders, and Connie Sanders, was named Most Photogenic.
Class beauty awards were presented to freshman Sabrina Leigh Caldwell, daughter of Shelia and Joe Caldwell; sophomore Carly LeeAnn Newby, daughter of Manie and Rena Newby; junior Meagan Renee Sandlin, daughter of Kim and Kevin Sandlin; and senior Kelsey Maranda Vanatta, daughter of Shannon Vanatta.
The Presidential Award was presented to Victoria Grissom, daughter of Holly and Mike Grissom, with Carly Newby receiving honorable mention recognition for their fundraising efforts. The “Little Queenie” honor was bestowed on Kara Suzanne Campbell, daughter of Jeremy and Susan Campbell.
Other special awards were presented to the following: Kelsey Lawrence, daughter of David and Dena Upton, prettiest eyes; Taylor Johnson, daughter of Steve and Beth Johnson, best smile; Kaylyn Baker, daughter of Josh and Monica Baker, prettiest hair; and Carly Newby, daughter of Manie and Rena Newby, prettiest gown.
Top 10 contestants, in addition to the court members include: Torrye Ann Rigsby, Baylee Ashton Fults, Allison Shelby Connor, Emily Cyan Crawford and Erin Elizabeth Duncan.
Other girls named to the Top 20 are: Haley Lane Sanders, Tiffany Ann Slatton, Summer Brooke Scott, Hilary Jade Teeters, Molly Kate Campbell, Ciara Rae’ Walker, Kaylyn Mackenzie Baker, MaKayla Neal Lewis, Meagan Renee Sandlin and Kelsey Taylor Lawrence.