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Katelin Turner named Miss UT Martin

Katelin Turner named Miss UT Martin

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 8:44 am

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 Miss Turner. Miss Powell was crowned by Elizabeth Looney of Eads, 2008 Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival. “Well, I’m just absolutely floored at the moment,” Miss 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.” Miss Turner’s platform is “Step Up, Stand Out.” Miss Powell, 19, said 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. Miss 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 Miss 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. Miss Carrington and Miss Looney entertained the audience with vocal selections. Kimberly Craddock and Hollie Holt, both of Martin, directed the pageant. Ms. Craddock and Ms. 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,” Ms. Craddock said. “We had a great group of girls compete tonight,” Ms. 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.” Published in The Messenger 11.20.08

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