Two young women had their dreams realized Saturday night at the Miss Troup County and Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. Sydney Shadrix was crowned 2014 Miss Troup County, while Lizzy Standford won 2014 Miss Outstanding Teen.
This is the first pageant competition for Shadrix, 21, who attends Belmont University where she studies music education.
“I’m thrilled, I’m surprised and excited and just can’t wait to start on the journey,” she said.
Shadrix’s platform was Americans for the arts and for her talent performance, she sang the classical piece “Art is Calling for Me” by Victor Herbert.
While Shadrix is just starting on her pageant journey, Stanford, 15, has been involved in pageants since she was eight and has been to Miss Georgia twice. She attends Terrell Academy.
“Its just been a whirlwind,” Stanford said. “It’s a blessing for me to be up here.”
Stanford’s platform was Love is Louder: Support for teens feeling alone. In addition to winning outstanding teen, she also won the preliminary titles for best on-stage interview and talent in which she performed a Bollywood dance routine.
Emcee for the night was the 1999 Miss Troup County and 2000 Miss Georgia, Pam Stribling.
Contestants had to compete in on-stage interviews where they had to showcase their interest in national issues, be well-spoken and support a specific platform. In the lifestyle/fitness and swim section, participants had to show how they maintain emotional, physical and mental health.
The women had a minute and a half to showcase their talent where they were judged on their interpretive ability and stage presence. Finally, in evening wear, contestants had to make a statement and display their personality, style and charm.
The 2013 Miss Troup County, Hayley Henderson and Outstanding Teen, Ansley Hawkins, not only crowned this year’s winners, but also gave a speech about their year as reigning queen and teen.
“As I was crowned only last year, I had no idea that I was going to embark on this extraordinary journey,” Hawkins said.
Henderson, shared her sentiments and dedicated her speech to the next Miss Troup County.
“Your life will be forever changed,” she said.
Other winners of the night for Miss Troup County included:
People’s Choice, Ansley Phillips; Lifestyle and Swim, Taylor Brooks; Interview, Amanda Scott; 4th runner-up, Taylor Brooks; 3rd runner-up, Amanda Scott; 2nd runner-up, Songee Barker; 1st runner-up, Sara Whetsell.
Winners for the Miss Outstanding Teen included:
People’s Choice, Kyndall Ellis; Lifestyle and Fitness, Lizzy Stanford; Interview, Lizzy Stanford; 4th runner-up, Kelsey Hollis; 3rd runner-up, Gracie Abercrombie; 2nd runner-up, Melanie Wood; 1st runner-up, Kyndall Ellis.