Miss Gastonia 2020 competition includes 14 young women vying for the crown
Fourteen young women will take the stage Saturday, November 23 for the annual Miss Gastonia competition. The show begins at 6:00 p.m. at Stuart W. Cramer High School, 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. The public is invited.
The theme is “See Clearly,” and the program will feature performances by the Miss Gastonia Dancers from Studio Elite in Cramerton and vocalist Adrienne Perry Sulkey. A special production number will feature the Miss Gastonia Princesses, and another production number will pay tribute to 75 years of pageantry for Miss Gastonia.
The contestants will participate in the following phases of competition: private interview, talent, physical fitness (teens only), evening wear, and on-stage question. For the first time, the pageant does not include a swimsuit portion. The winners will go on to the 2020 Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen competitions next June in Raleigh.
Todd Hagans and Tiffany Payne Costner, Miss Gastonia 2013, will co-host the show. Delores Cox is the executive director, and Cathy Layton-Aupied is the producer/choreographer. The Miss Gastonia Scholarship Association, Inc. is sponsoring the competition.
The show also will feature the reigning Miss Gastonia Brianna Rochford, Miss Gaston County Mandy Rogers, Miss Mount Holly Lindsey Woodward, Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen Allie Stafford, and Miss Gaston County’s Outstanding Teen Jaylen Holt, who will pass on their crown.
Cash and in-kind scholarships totaling more than $220,000 are available to the participants. Belmont Abbey College, Cleveland Community College, Gardner-Webb University, Gaston College, and Paul Mitchell - The School in Gastonia are contributing in-kind scholarships again this year.
Young women ages 18-25 who live, attend college, or work full-time in Gaston and surrounding counties may compete in the Miss Gastonia division. The Outstanding Teen competition is for ages 13-17 – the teen portion is open to girls from across the state.
Here is a list of the young women participating on Saturday, November 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the annual Miss Gastonia competition at Stuart W. Cramer High School (names are in alphabetical order):
▪ Avery Combs, 15, daughter of Angela Combs and Greg Combs of Denton; a student at Southwestern Randolph High School; talent is vocal.
▪ Julia DeSerio, 23, daughter of Kerri Herr of Shelby; a graduate of Gardner-Webb University; talent is classical vocal.
▪ Jasmine Dinh, 18, daughter of David and Christine Dinh of Forest City; a student at Isothermal Community College; talent is lyrical dance.
▪ Lorelei Elberson, 13, daughter of Scotty and Kristen Elberson of Denton; a student at E. Lawson Brown Middle School; talent is tap dance.
▪ Alexandria Foy, 16, daughter of Clifton and Rebecca Foy of Gastonia; a student at Stuart W. Cramer High School; talent is dance.
▪ Olivia Foy, 22, daughter of Clifton and Rebecca Foy of Gastonia; a student at Gaston College; talent is color guard flag routine.
▪ Kaya Hohensee, 14, daughter of Peter and Caroline Hohensee of Huntersville; a student at Christ the King High School; talent is vocal.
▪ Keelie Jones, 17, daughter of Jessica Valverde of Hendersonville; a student at East Henderson High School; talent is tap dance.
▪ Mariana Linares, 23, daughter of Sylvia Robles-Linares and Mario Linares of Charlotte; a graduate of Wake Forest University; talent is jazz dance.
▪ Madison Mace, 20, daughter of James and Leslie Clay of Hickory; a student at Lenoir-Rhyne University; talent is vocal.
▪ Savannah Royals, 14, daughter of Shannon and Justin Walter and Steve and Ainsley Royals of Greensboro; a student at Cornerstone Charter Academy; talent is comedic monologue.
▪ Valeri Umesh, 16, daughter of Saundra Umesh and Umesh Raghavan of Waxhaw; a student at Cuthbertson High School; talent is Bollywood dance.
▪ Jazmine Washington, 19, daughter of Brooks Washington and Felicia Washington of Charlotte; a student at UNC-Greensboro; talent is color guard flag routine.