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Katelin Turner is Miss UTM, Powell is Miss Soybean

Katelin Turner is Miss UTM, Powell is Miss Soybean

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008 4:17 pm

Katelin Turner is Miss UTM, Powell is Miss Soybean

MISS TENNESSEE SOYBEAN FESTIVAL CROWNED — Hannah-Wade Powell, of Alamo, second from left, won the 2009 Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival title at the annual Miss University of Tennessee at Martin/Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival Pageant, Saturday night, at
Katelin Turner, of Union City, was crowned Miss University of Tennessee at Martin at the combined Miss UT Martin/Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival Pageant, Saturday night, at the Harriet Fulton Theatre on campus. The UT Martin biology major won the 2009 title and the opportunity to compete in the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant in June in Jackson. Also headed to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant is Hannah-Wade Powell, of Alamo, a UT Martin criminal justice major, who won the Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival title. The winners led a field of eight contestants. Miss UT Martin 2008, Jordan Cole, of Martin, crowned Turner. Powell was crowned by Elizabeth Looney, of Eads, 2008 Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival. “Well, I’m just absolutely floored at the moment,” Turner, 19, said following her win. “This is such an honor just to be able to represent the school that I love so much.” As for Miss Tennessee pageant preparations, she said, “I will definitely have to start working on talent and swimsuit and getting the whole act together.” Turner’s platform is “Step Up, Stand Out.” Powell, 19, said that she was “completely shocked” at winning the Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival crown. “I did not expect that (winning the crown) at all, and it was just incredible to be able to represent this area (in the pageant),” she added. Powell plans to prepare for Jackson much as she did last year when she was among the 10 finalists in the 2008 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant. “I’m just going to work really hard. … I’m going to stay positive. I’m going to work out really hard and just keep pushing,” said Powell, who held the Miss Metropolitan crown when she competed in last year’s Miss Tennessee pageant. Her platform is “It’s Your Town.” Runners-up for the Miss UT Martin crown were: Angela Kee, of Humboldt, biology major, first; and Courtney Cockrill, of McLemoresville, a pre-pharmacy major, second. All members of the Miss UT Martin court must be UT Martin students. For Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival, Amber-Rose Haywood, of Nashville, a music business major at Belmont University, was first runner-up, and Jennifer McCullough, of Brighton, a chemistry major at the University of Memphis, was second runner-up. Ellen Carrington, Miss Tennessee 2008, was hostess for the evening. Carrington and Looney entertained the audience with vocal selections. Kimberly Craddock and Hollie Holt, both of Martin, directed the pageant. Craddock and Holt succeeded Lynn Gibson, of Martin, who was recognized during the evening for her service as past pageant director. “I am excited about working with our two new titleholders. This is my first year as director, and I am excited about the experience of mentoring these girls and preparing them for the Miss Tennessee pageant,” Craddock said. “We had a great group of girls compete tonight,” Holt added. “Each year, the Miss Tennessee system gives young women the opportunity to learn and grow as they develop platforms and give back to their communities. Our two titleholders are prime examples of what the system is all about.” wcp 11-20

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