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Walterboro queens head to Columbia

2014May-June 119

By Christie Slocum

Walterboro Queens head to Columbia for the Miss South Carolina competition on June 21.  The contestants will spend the week in rehearsals and making appearances around Columbia to promote the pageant.  Each of the contestants compete in the preliminaries Tuesday, June 24 through Thursday, June 26, 2014. Teen final night of competition will held on Friday, June 27 while the final night for Miss contestants will be Saturday, June 28, 2014. All competitions will be held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Miss contestants will compete in interview, swim suit, formal wear and talent.  Teen contestants compete in interview, physical fitness, formal wear and talent.  Both divisions will have an on stage question while the Teen division submitted school transcripts which will be calculated into their final score.

Miss Walterboro, Amanda Bishop, 22, is a graduate of USC with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.  Amanda plans to become a morning news anchor and dreams of hosting the Today Show or Good Morning America. Amanda is a native of Greer.

Miss Walterboro Teen is Gracie Cromer.  Gracie is a freshman at T.L. Hannah High School.  Being born a preemie and weighing just over 1 lb gives her platform of Pennies for Preemies a personal meaning. She is a resident of Anderson.

Miss Colleton County Rice Festival is Taylor Kuykendall, 21, a junior education major at USC.  Taylor plans to continue her education after USC to become a speech pathologist. Taylor is a native of Anderson.

Miss Colleton County Rice Festival Teen is Mari Beth Nolte.  Mari Beth is a rising Junior at Colleton County High School.  Mari Beth hopes to one day become an Entertainment Journalist.  Mari Beth has chosen Cyber Bullying Awareness as her platform. Her talent is vocal and she will perform I Could Have Danced All Night. Mari Beth is the daughter of Lori and Jim Nolte.

Mari Beth Nolte is the only contestant to represent Walterboro who actually lives here.  Mari Beth has always wanted to compete in pageants but did not start until around two years ago. She was inspired as a child after attending a send-off party for Amanda Pournell when she was competing in Miss South Carolina.  This will be Nolte’s first state pageant.  She has previously won Young Miss Teen Beaufort, Miss Blue Flame, and Miss Cougar.  “I love representing the Rice Festival.  Bubba Tripp and his committee have done a great job making the Rice Festival an event Walterboro can be proud of.  I hope to make him and the Rice Festival Committee proud of my performance at state,” said Nolte.  If she wins Miss South Carolina, Teen she will move on to represent South Carolina in August at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.  Good Luck Girls!  The community is wishing you all well.

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