Miss Mount Holly 2017 Allison Farris and
Miss Mount Holly's Outstanding Teen 2017 Chloe Clary with the reigning Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart.
Classical pianist wins Miss Mount Holly crown
A classical pianist will represent Mount Holly in this
summer's Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant.
23, topped the field of six contestants to win the Miss Mount Holly 2017 title during the annual scholarship pageant on Sunday
afternoon, February 19 at Stuart W. Cramer High School. Farris played "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6" for the competition
and earned the talent award, which propelled her to the crown.
feels amazing," said Farris immediately after the crowning as she greeted family and friends, took pictures with the
other contestants, and expressed appreciation for a "wonderful experience."
Farris lives in Charlotte, is a graduate of the University of Alabama, and hopes to pursue a Master of Business
Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her career ambition is to become a global technical evangelist for Microsoft.
Her community service program is titled "Women in Technology: Developing
Futures," which encourages young women to consider computer science as a career option. She believes technology
is a professional field where there is plenty of room for men and women.
will be Farris' second time competing for Miss North Carolina. Last year, she was a top 10 finalist as Miss Charlotte.
Farris said she has her sights on winning the state pageant, which would advance her to the Miss America pageant in Atlantic
City, NJ this September.
Jordyn Scheitler, 17, was the first runner-up.
Scheitler lives in Belmont and attends South Point High School. Other contestants for Miss Mount Holly were Kaitlyn
Sparks, Kayla Clark, Chania Thompson, and Gabrielle Phillips.
Outstanding Teen competition, 15-year-old Chloe Clary was named Miss Mount Holly's Outstanding Teen. She is the
daughter of Wes and Danielle Clary of Shelby and attends Burns High School. The other teen contestants were McKenzie
Powell and Skylar Rock, who won the talent award for her vocal performance of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot."
For the first time, the pageant was sponsored by the Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association,
which already produces the annual Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County pageants. Young women ages 13-24 from Gaston
and surrounding counties were eligible to enter the pageant. The two winners will go on to the Miss North Carolina competition
planned for June 21-24 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart was a special guest at the pageant and shared stories about her travels as the state's
beauty queen and time spent last September in Atlantic City for Miss America. Faggart won a non-finalist talent award
at the national pageant for her lyrical dance performance.
a member of the Mount Holly City Council, shared remarks during the pageant on behalf of the City of Mount Holly.
Moore plans to meet with the pageant committee to schedule springtime appearances for the new Miss Mount Holly and Miss Mount
Holly's Outstanding Teen.
Miss Mount Holly Scholarship Pageant 2017
Nine young women will compete Sunday afternoon, February 19 for the titles of Miss Mount Holly and Miss Mount
Holly's Outstanding Teen and the opportunity to advance to this summer's Miss North Carolina pageant.
The 2017 Miss Mount Holly Scholarship Pageant begins at 3:00 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High
School, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont. Tickets cost $20 and will be available at the door. The
public is invited. The pageant's theme is "A New Beginning."
Current local preliminary
queens for Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen 2017 will be admitted free-of-charge and introduced
on stage. Local executive directors for Miss North Carolina preliminary pageants will be admitted free-of-charge if
they RSVP by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18.
For the first time, the pageant is being sponsored by the Miss Gastonia
Scholarship Association, which produces the annual Miss Gastonia and Miss Gaston County pageant. Delores
Cox is the executive director.
Todd Hagans and Tiffany Payne will co-host
the show, which will feature the Miss Mount Holly princesses, dance performances by Studio Elite in Cramerton, and an appearance
by the reigning Miss North Carolina McKenzie Faggart. Special guests include Miss Gastonia Macy Stutts,
Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen Savanna Mayes, Miss Gaston County Autumn Hubbard, and Miss Gaston County's Outstanding
Teen Maddie Alexanian.
The two winners will represent Mount Holly in
the 2017 Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant planned for June 19-24 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
The six contestants for Miss Mount Holly are:
▪ Kayla Clark, 19, daughter of Keith and Tammy Clark of Ellenboro; a student
at UNC-Charlotte; talent is lyrical dance.
Farris, 23, daughter of Doug and Jane Farris of Charlotte; a graduate of the University of Alabama; talent is piano.
▪ Gabrielle Phillips, 17, daughter of Greg and Maria Phillips of Gastonia; a
student at Ashbrook High School; talent is dance.
Jordyn Scheitler, 17, daughter John and Marlo Scheitler of Belmont; a student at South Point High School; talent is piano.
Kaitlyn Sparks, 21, daughter of Don and Michele Sparks of Troutman; a student at Gardner-Webb University; talent is vocal.
▪ Chania Thompson, 17, daughter of Corey and Shandra Thompson
of Mount Holly; a student at East Gaston High School; talent is tap dance.
The three contestants for Miss Mount Holly's Outstanding Teen are:
▪ Chloe Clary, 15, daughter of Wes and Danielle Clary of Shelby; a student at
Burns High School; talent is monologue.
Powell, 16, daughter of Terrence and Kimberly Powell of Huntersville; a student at North Mecklenburg High School; talent is
▪ Skylar Rock, 17, daughter of Scott
and Cheri Rock of Marion; a student at McDowell High School; talent is vocal.
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