POWDERSVILLE—The race for Miss South Carolina is almost here, and current Miss Powdersville, Hannah Failoni, says she is ready for the challenge.
This will be will be Failoni’s first time competing in the statewide contest, and she says she is excited about the opportunity.
“If I were to become Miss South Carolina, doors would open for me to have a wider area of influence,” said Failoni. “At the end of my life, I want to be able to look back and see that I gave my best to make a difference, and I feel as if Miss South Carolina would give me the opportunity to impact more people.”
The drive behind Failoni’s campaign is overcoming insecurities in women and in youth. This particular topic hits close to home for her.
“It started with me leading a high school girl’s bible study on insecurity, and I just realized how insecurity affects such a wide variety of people and keeps them from fulfilling their purpose in life,” said Failoni. “Insecurity can be found in a lot of different forms and a lot of different areas. I’ve known friends that let their insecurities control them, and in middle school, that’s what I did. I just don’t want anyone to be living in that captivity.”
Leading up to the competition, Failoni says she had no idea how much time her role as Miss Powdersville would actually take up.
“I never realized that’s it is really like a full-time job,” said Failoni. “It’s a fun job because I get to meet so many people, just by appearing at different events, fund raising, and community service. I really try to make an impact on the community, and I have enjoyed it a lot.”
Failoni says it has all been worth it to represent her community, however.
“It’s a privilege to represent Powdersville,” said Failoni. “It’s just a small little community, but as I represent it, people will be able to learn more about it. Hopefully the community will be able to grow even more, and this will make people more aware of what Powdersville has to offer.”
As she tries to prepare for the contest that will determine if she will go on to compete for Miss America, Failoni says she knows things might get a little stressful.
“It’s going to be long days that are jam-packed with activities,” said Failoni. “It may get stressful, but I just need to stay relaxed and get rest when I can.”
There are a few things Failoni says she is focusing on more than others. She will perform a song from the musical “Ghost” as her talent, and she says that part is a little scary.
“I’m looking forward to interviews (during the competition),” said Failoni. “I like talking to the judges and trying to make them laugh so that they like me. The hardest thing will be talent, because I’ve haven’t grown up with vocal training my whole life. It’s not my biggest strength, but my goal is to do my best in all areas and see where God takes that.”
The Miss South Carolina completion will begin at the Township Auditorium in Columbia on July, 9, and the girls will take the stage from July, 10-15.