3 young ladies claim crowns at Miss TN qualifying pageant
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 9:26 pm
The Messenger 02.06.12
Bethany Meeks of Jackson was crowned Miss University of Tennessee at Martin at the combined Miss UT Martin/Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival/Miss Tennessee Crossroads Pageant recently held at the Student Life Center on campus.
The UT Martin communications major won the 2012 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 Ginny Hankins of Ripley, a former UT Martin student, who won the Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival title, and Tillery Throckmorton, a Belmont University mass communications major from Nashville, who won the new Miss Tennessee Crossroads title.
“I’m in awe and I’m shocked,” Miss Meeks said following her win. “I’m really excited.”
She said she exercised to prepare for the Miss UT Martin pageant and made sure she had a good music edit for her vocal talent performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
Miss Meeks said she looks forward to a great experience at the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant this summer and hopes it will help her grow as a person. Her platform is the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“It’s really empowering. I feel like I could do anything right now,” Miss Hankins said after winning the Soybean title.
She said she dieted, exercised and practiced the piano constantly to prepare for the pageant and her talent, in which she performed the piano solo “Rustles of Spring.” Her platform is Alzheimer’s Awareness.
Miss Throckmorton was also excited about being crowned the first Miss Tennessee Crossroads and competing in the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pag-eant.
“I’ve heard that it’s a really excited, fun-filled week,” she said about Miss Tennessee. “I’m looking forward to it.”
“There’s the swimsuit competition and the talent, so I’ve been getting my vocals ready for that. And also there’s an interview portion, so I’ve been getting brushed up on current events,” Miss Throckmorton said about her pageant preparations.
Miss Throckmorton’s ultimate career goal is to become a media relations director for a record label and her platform is the Best Buddies Organization.
Runners-up for the Miss UT Martin crown were Sally Seputo of Milan, a junior broadcast journalism major, first; and Victoria Abbott of Rutherford, a math/science education major, second. All members of the Miss UT Martin court must be UT Martin students.
Runners-up for Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival and Miss Tennessee Cross-roads were Jasmine Secrest of Murfreesboro, a sports medicine/recreational therapy major at Middle Tennessee State University, first; and Rebecca Easley of Union City, an instrumental music education major at Middle Tennessee State University, second.
The winners led a field of 14 contestants and $4,900 was awarded to the titleholders and runners-up.
Miss UT Martin 2011 Megan Meketi of Paris crowned Miss Meeks, while Miss Hankins was crowned by Chelsea Chandler of Germantown, 2011 Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival. Both Miss Meketi and Miss Chandler crowned Miss Throckmorton.
Miss Meketi and Miss Chandler were hostesses for the evening and entertained the audience with piano and vocal selections. Hollie Holt of Martin directed the pageant.
“I am excited to have three girls that are very personable and talented,” Ms. Holt said. “We had a great group of girls compete tonight. 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.”