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Humphrey wins state crown
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Warren County resident Mary Humphrey is crowned winner of the Miss Iris Tennessee Teen Volunteer Pageant in Jackson on Saturday. The daughter of Dale and Gloria Humphrey, she won from a field of 24 contestants.

Warren County resident Mary Humphrey has the poise and confidence to excel in pageants.

On Saturday in Jackson, Humphrey added a statewide crown to her many accomplishments when she won the Miss Iris Tennessee Teen Volunteer Pageant at Carl Perkins Civic Center. She emerged victorious from a field of 24 young ladies.

Also finding her way in the top five of that pageant was Warren County resident Lauren Mansfield, a WCHS junior. Mansfield placed third runner-up.

In a separate pageant also held Saturday in Jackson, recent WCHS graduate Kataen Shockley finished fourth runner-up. That pageant was called Miss Tennessee Teen Volunteer.

Humphrey, 18, is the daughter of Dale and Gloria Humphrey. She’s a sophomore at Lipscomb University with a major in musical theater.

“I spent a lot of time practicing for the stage competition and picking out a wardrobe that made me feel confident,” said Humphrey, who won the title of Miss Music City to earn the right to compete in Saturday’s pageant.

An interview session was part of the scoring. Humphrey said that consisted of a six-minute conversation with a panel of judges. There were also categories for fitness and evening gown.

“The fitness category showed how well we take care of our bodies,” said Mary.

She’s been working on her platform of literacy for several years, dating back to her days at WCHS. That has included reading to children during in-person storytimes, working with the Imagination Library program, and also doing some virtual reading that was used during the height of the pandemic.

“My biggest goal is to make an impact on other young women who are new to the system,” said Humphrey of expressing the need to encourage girls to participate in pageants.