New Miss Thomasville takes crown
High Point's Toria Mangum was named the 77th Miss Thomasville on Saturday before nearly 400 people in attendance at T. Austin Finch Auditorium.
The 17-year old senior at Southern Guilford won the Miss Thomasville Scholarship Pageant with her platform, "Any Town," a program that teaches children about inclusiveness and discourages racial discrimination. Mangum, who is a dancer, was awarded $1,000 to the college of her choice.
"I thought the pageant was very successful," said co-executive director Morgan White. "It was a very competitive pageant and there were a lot of girls the judges said they hoped [would] return next year."
Among the other contestants who went home winners, Kylee Russell of Concord received the highest score as Miss Thomasville Outstanding Teen. "Kylee's Kloset" is the platform from which she donates gently-used clothing to the less fortunate. White said Russell is looking forward to working with Baptist Children's Home as part of her service to the Thomasville community and hopes to orchestrate a prom dress drive.
Kristalyn Gill of Statesville was tapped as Miss Central Carolina. Judges showed their favor after hearing of Gill's intention to work with the Tom A. Finch YMCA as a part of the Move More Thomasville program to provide Chair City kids with opportunities to engage in fun, physical activities.
Finally, named as the Miss Central Carolina Outstanding Teen, Fayetteville's Kristin Duhart spoke of her cousin, who passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. As her platform, she wishes to educate new mothers about SIDS.
Each contestant expressed excitement to serve Thomasville as ambassadors.
"They are all so excited to be a part of the Miss Thomasville family," White said. "We met with them at Denny's on Sunday, and they were already saying they could help out in just about everything we recommended. They realize that as the longest-running pageant in the state, and that is something they want to be a part of."
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or firstname.lastname@example.org.