Pageant hopefuls seek Miss Thomasville titles
Sixteen contestants — six of whom will compete for the title of Miss Thomasville — step onto the stage at 7 p.m. for the 77th annual Miss Thomasville Pageant at T. Austin Finch Auditorium.
Among participants in this year's pageant are three Chair City residents who have set their gaze on the crown currently held by Katy Ezzell, a 19-year old sophomore at East Carolina University. Thomasville's Krystena Cook, Melina Davis and Emily Hoover will compete with Drew Sapp, Toria Mangum and Leslie Morris to become the next Miss Thomasville.
"All six girls are brand new to the system. All six have their own individual platforms that they have promoted throughout the community," said Travis Green, Ezzell's business manager and promoter of the pageant. "Nobody is a clear standout to the other. They all have the drive, the commitment and the passion to become the next Miss Thomasville."
Last year, Katy and her sister Krissy Ezzell became the first pair of sisters to win titles of Miss Thomasville and Miss Thomasville Outstanding Teen. As outgoing winners, the Ezzells have served the city well.
"They have been absolutely amazing in making over 104 appearances," said Morgan White, co-executive director of the Miss Thomasville Pageant. "That's amazing because Krissy is a cheerleader at Wheatmore and Katy is a dancer at ECU. Even with their busy schedules, they have completely embraced the title of Miss Thomasville."
Green concurs, crediting both Katy and Krissy for spending hours promoting their platforms.
"Katy has truly been a blessing for us and as ambassador of Thomasville," Green said. "I speak for the entire committee when I say it is incredibly hard to say goodbye to her. She truly has been an amazing representative for the city.
"These two girls have made history and an impact. They have done everything expected of them."
White is excited about the idea of grooming Ezzell's replacement from among six skilled young ladies with an array of diverse talents.
"This year, we have a wide range of talent. In addition to dancing and clogging, we have a cake decorator and a jump-roper," said White. "In talking with the contestants, they have a lot of great ideas."
Also up for grabs are the titles of Miss Central Carolina and Miss Central Carolina Outstanding Teen.
A silent auction will be held at the event. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Tickets, $15, will be sold at the door.
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.