‘Miss Relay For Life’ Pageant crowns many a queen

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, September 14, 2022

By Angela Cutrer
Elizabethton Star
The inaugural “Miss Relay For Life” Pageant is now in the books after a number of queens were crowned Sept. 10 at the Forever Yours Wedding & Event Center.
Many contestants gathered to compete in the very first “Miss Relay For Life” Pageant in Elizabethton, said Director Amy Simmons. “This meaningful pageant was part of the larger ‘Relay For Life’ event held at the American Legion Building,” she said.
Each contestant in the pageant received a “Miss Relay For Life” pageant certificate, flower hope halo and a Relay For Life silver dedication star. Contestants were able to write a name of a survivor or in remembrance on the star, which were then displayed above the archway as the pageant contestants competed.
“This was a wonderful way to honor or dedicate to someone who has been touched by cancer,” Simmons said. “This amazing community pageant will be making a donation to the American Cancer Society.”
Though all ages competed, one outstanding contestant was Sue Laws, a 64-year-old cancer survivor, who stole everyone’s heart and gave so much inspiration to all, Simmons said.
The queens crowned were Wee Miss Relay For Life Kinsley Faith Rhinehart, Tiny Miss Relay For Life Maggie White, Little Miss Relay For Life Paisley Bunting, Junior Miss Relay For Life Kaylyn Simerly, Senior Miss Relay For Life Nevaeh Hodges, Elegant Miss Relay For Life Sue Laws, as well as People’s Choice Lexi England and Supreme Photogenics Paisley Bunting and Kinsley Rhinehart.
Judges and pageant staff included Simmons, World’s Classic Ms. United States Tourism / All Stars Classic Ms. Universe; DeAnna Greer, “Miss Memphis” (affiliated Miss America Pageant); Kaylee Hollifield, “Miss US Amerifest” / Miss Tennessee Grand Supreme; Johnnie Carrico, World’s Mrs. Valley Ridge Tourism; Krystie Beale “Miss Appalachia;” and Rhonda Mullins, former NFL cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins, the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas and New England Patriots pre-games.
The Relay For Life event commenced with a large group at the American Legion Building immediately following the pageant, with a few of the newly crowned queens in attendance.
“I was so very honored to direct the very first ‘Miss Relay For Life’ Pageant,” said Simmons. “[It brings] attention to the cause, remembrance and celebration of life through this event. We look forward to next year, and will keep praying for a cure.”

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