Mary Humphrey, a 2020 Warren County High School graduate and daughter of Dale and Gloria Humphrey, added to her lengthy list of accomplishments over the weekend as she won the title of Miss Nashville Volunteer 2023. In that capacity, Humphrey will move on to compete for the title of Miss Tennessee Volunteer in July 29, 2023.
Miss Volunteer America is a scholarship pageant that began in Jackson, Tenn. and is based on “the five points of the crown,” referred to as SERVE: Scholarship, Education, Responsibility, Volunteer-ism and Empowerment. In winning the title, Humphrey competed in interview, fitness and wellness, talent and evening gown competitions.
As the reigning Miss Nashville, Humphrey will promote her platform, Pages with a Purpose - a childhood literacy initiative, across the Nashville area and serve as a mentor for young women.
“I’ve been involved with this organization since its inception in 2019 and it is unmatched in its ability to empower young women. The ability to represent this organization and prove that you can be glamorous, feminine, strong and intelligent all at the same time means everything to me. I’m so excited to represent this city I love so much at Miss Tennessee Volunteer,” said Humphrey.
This was Humphrey’s first year competing in the Miss division and she was excited to win her first preliminary. Humphrey will be joined in the state competition by two fellow Warren County High School graduates. Emily Pennington, a senior at UT Martin, holds the title of Miss Northwest Tennessee Voulunteer ’23. Kataen Shockley, a sophomore at Ole Miss, was crowned Miss Memphis Volunteer ’23 in August.
This is far from Humphrey’s first brush with success. She was named Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2018, the Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee 2020 and Miss Iris Tennessee Teen Volunteer 2021. She has won approximately $20,000 in scholarships, which have allowed her to pursue a performing arts career as a musical theatre major at Lipscomb University debt free.
During Humphrey’s first two years of college, she was on the Vanderbilt Dance team and loved the opportunities that position gave her to perform at events around Nashville as well as at other schools. One of Humphrey’s next goals is to be a Tennessee Titans cheerleader and she credits her experience at Vanderbilt in helping her get closer to that goal.
This summer, she was a performer in the Hydro Jive Junction show at Dollywood. That job provided the chance to dance and perform six times a day, six days a week.
This year at Lipscomb, Humphrey is class senator for the student government and she is preparing to begin rehearsals for the school’s fall musical, “Crazy for You.” The show will run from Nov. 4-13 and Humphrey will portray Patsy.
“It’s especially exciting to get to serve Nashville, which has become my home for the past two years and has brought me countless opportunities,” Humphrey said.