Outstanding young women shine at Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Competition
Published 11:06 am Friday, October 27, 2023
FROM STAFF REPORTS
GREENEVILLE – The spotlight illuminated Chuckey Doak High School on October 21, as it hosted the renowned Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Competition. A total of 18 exceptional young women from the region took to the stage, each hoping to claim scholarships amounting to $4,950 and earn the coveted opportunity to participate in Miss Tennessee at ETSU in June.
The competition commenced with private interviews, providing the contestants with the chance to display their composure and confidence. The event then transitioned into the on-stage competition, which featured challenging on-stage queries, remarkable talent showcases, fitness routines, and elegant evening gown presentations. Emcees for the evening were Miss Tennessee 2023, Brandee Mills, and Miss Tennessee’s Teen, Anna Grace Parlipiano. These talented young women also had the honor of crowning the evening’s victors. Anna Grace, in particular, had a special connection to the event, having been Miss Greene County’s Teen in 2022. Brandee and Anna Grace are set to represent Tennessee at the forthcoming Miss America competition in Orlando, Florida, this January at Walt Disney World.
The winners of the Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Competition 2024 are as follows:
Miss East Tennessee 2024: Taylor Hubbard, hailing from Kingsport, is a First-Year Ph.D. Student and Graduate Teaching Associate in Literature, Criticism, & Textual Studies in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee.
Miss Historic Greeneville 2024: Eliza Sanders, the daughter of Joel and Donna Sanders, resides in Kingsport, and is pursuing a degree in Communications at Northeast State & ETSU.
Miss Greene County 2024: Mylee Doty, daughter of Lynn and Jama Doty, calls Greeneville her home and is pursuing a degree in Theatre Arts and Music at Milligan University.
Miss Greene County’s Teen 2024: Brooke Gosnell, the daughter of Wendy Mercer and Scottie Gosnell, is a student at South Greene High School in Greeneville.
Miss East Tennessee’s Teen 2024: Taylor Boyle, daughter of Shane and Marsha Boyle, hails from Jonesborough, and is a student at Western Christian Academy. Taylor also received the Makinna Traylor scholarship for her impressive teen interview.
Notable scholarship awards include:
Overall Miss Interview Scholarship Award: Abby Utterback
Overall Teen Interview Scholarship Award: Taylor Boyle
Additionally, Zoey Little was crowned Miss Sullivan County’s Teen 2024.
An esteemed panel of judges, featuring distinguished individuals like former Miss Kentucky 1975 Marsha Griffith, Entrepreneur Kathrine Hackler, Hospitality Specialist Patricia Zullo, CFO of the Niswonger Group Robin Shepherd, Educator Jessie Beth Miller, and Vice President of Tusculum Claire Hensley, had the challenging task of evaluating the highly accomplished eight Miss contestants and the incredibly talented ten teen contestants.
Director Kristin Girton expressed her excitement, saying, “I am thrilled to welcome five talented titleholders into our Miss East Tennessee program. The competition was fierce, but these young women showcased remarkable passion and dedication to representing their communities. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, whose support made these incredible scholarships possible. We invite everyone to join us in cheering on these outstanding young women at Miss Tennessee as they proudly represent our community.”
About the Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Program
The Miss East Tennessee Scholarship Program empowers young women to achieve their academic and professional goals while providing a platform to make a difference in their communities. Through scholarships, mentorship, and leadership development, the program prepares contestants for a bright and impactful future. It’s essential to note that the Miss East Tennessee program is not a pageant but rather a scholarship competition.