The first Miss Sunshine Pageant held on May 17 at Ooltewah United Methodist Church was a huge success with 13 ladies participating.
The pageant was put on by Macy Wynn, and was an event of Friday Night Lights, a recreational activity program for adults with special needs founded by Bryan Gentry.
Wynn, the Pageant Director, said she had a dream several years ago to have a pageant for individuals with disabilities, and 2014 was the year her dream came true.
Bryan Gentry, who served as master of ceremonies, said, “Macy Wynn chose a special Bible verse as the theme of the pageant, Song of Solomon 4:7: “You are absolutely beautiful, my darling, with no imperfection in you. The 2014 Miss Sunshine Pageant was a tremendous success! More than 200 people were in attendance.
“The young ladies were overjoyed with their performances which included evening gown competition, interview questions and individual talent. Macy was thrilled with this year's pageant and was overwhelmed by such positive comments from members of the audience. Macy stated she was already looking forward to hopefully having a Miss Sunshine Pageant next year!”
Judges were Princess Snyder, Brigett Forrester, Jane Chastain and Ruthann White.
Volunteers and staff from Studio Three Salon and Spa did the contestants’ hair. Winners included Miss Sunshine, Nicole Reed; the “George Maupin” Escort Award, Dustin Crumbley; Best Interview, Heather Collins; Prettiest Smile, Leslie Burnett; Prettiest Hair, Susan Turner; Prettiest Dress, Jessica McFarland; Best Song, Torrie Stephens; Best Dance, Lynda Phillips; Most Entertaining, Katie Bolden; Most Talented, Amanda McCord; Most Photogenic, Brittany Wynn; Best Personality, Cissy Kirkpatrick; Most Unique, Hannah Elam; Miss Spirit, Brenda Holder; and People’s Choice, Emily Conn.