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Tea with royalty
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Young ladies preparing for the Princess dance routine are, front row, from left, Ansley Pepper, Macie Pepper, Sophia Pepper and Malaya Taylor. Second row, Makensy May, Abigail Graves, Abigail Campbell, Harper Patrick, Kemoni Harris and Clara Martin. Third row, Baylee Baxter, Carly Byars, Stella Burks and Kelby Nunley. Fourth row, Amberly Soto, Kate Gribble, Emma Neale and Annabelle Graves. Back row, Ellie Ayers and Presley Winfree. - photo by Margaret Hobbs

Twenty young ladies got to experience a little bit of royalty for a day as they participated in the Miss Middle Tennessee and Miss Southern Tennessee Princess Program on Sunday.

As part of the festivities they learned a group dance, and were able to present it during the pageant held at Warren County High School. Instructors Mary Humphrey and Jennifer Gribble taught the group dance and provided each girl with hot pink shirts to wear during the presentation.

The princesses were treated to an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party with refreshments and visits from special guests. The reigning Miss Tennessee Briana Mason and Teen Tennessee Taylor Parsons, as well as other royalty, were in attendance posing for photos and sharing information with the little misses. 

The highlight for many was being introduced onstage during the pageant, with each girl donning pageant attire and receiving a princess crown.  

Pageant official Susan Burks said, “The princess program is a great event for the girls, allowing them the experience of preparing and participating in a high-level pageant without having the stress of a competition. We focus on fun and building their self-confidence.”

At the close of the evening, Lilly Sneed was crowned Miss Middle Tennessee, and Kayla Davis received the title of Miss Southern Tennessee. Teen titles were awarded to Annalee Story, Middle Tennessee Outstanding Teen, and Chloe Napier, Southern Tennessee Outstanding Teen. All titleholders will advance to the Miss Tennessee and Outstanding Teen events later in the year.