Deadline soon for Miss Wilson contestants

Interest meeting is Sunday afternoon

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Miss Wilson Scholarship Pageant organizers are excited about two things when it comes to the 2020 competition: one, that it won’t snow on the evening of the pageant; and two, they can’t wait to work with every single girl who applies.

The Miss Wilson committee took care of the snow problem by moving the competition from January to October. Now the group is putting the call out for young women interested in the Miss Wilson and Wilson’s Outstanding Teen competition to be held Oct. 26 at the Boykin Center.

Pageant co-executive directors Debbie Viverette and David Bray are hosting an interest meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Dixon Food Group office, 2500 Wooten Blvd. Women between the ages of 18 and 25 are eligible for the Miss Wilson title, while Miss Outstanding Teen contestants should be between 13 and 17. If you are 17 and a senior in high school, however, you may compete in the Miss Wilson pageant.

Deadline for turning in applications for participation in the Miss Wilson and Miss Outstanding Teen competition is Oct. 1.

Organizers stress that this competition is much more than winning a crown and college scholarship money.

“This is not about the crown,” Bray said. “Only one girl gets the crown, but they all self improve.”

“We have a new committee member who was in this pageant before, and she told me that she wanted to help others because of what the pageant did for her,” Viverette said. “She didn’t win, but she knew all that the program did for her. For example, being a part of this competition is a great way to gain interview skills. Every girl involved becomes a much better communicator and presenter.”

“I would like a nice, local representative who is easily approachable, friendly, talented and a great ambassador for Wilson,” Bray said. “But I’ve never seen a girl in this pageant who I thought didn’t belong in the competition. Every girl is so special, and they are all different and all unique. I’m excited to see who the next Miss Wilson is. We’ll have a great year ahead.”

Contestants in the Miss Wilson pageant can live in Wilson or nine other counties: Nash, Wake, Franklin, Johnston, Edgecombe, Greene, Pitt, Wayne and Lenoir. All other pageants in the state are run the same way, pulling contestants from surrounding counties.

Jerenae Raeford, Miss Wilson 2018, will serve as co-host for the Oct. 26 Miss Wilson/Miss Outstanding Teen pageant, alongside Jill Suggs Howell, Miss Wilson 1996. Sharon Allen, Miss Wilson 1992, will be a featured entertainer that evening as will Karlee Sanderford, Miss North Carolina’s Outstanding Teen 2019.

Choreography will again be provided by Barrett Hildebrand of Brand Performing Arts Center.

In addition to Bray and Viverette, Miss Wilson Scholarship Pageant committee members include Connie Blackwell and Frank Robbins.

For more information about becoming involved in the competition, contact David Bray at 252-373-6259, Debbie Viverette at 252-294-4710, or email misswilsonorganization@gmail.com.

Tickets for the 2020 Miss Wilson and Wilson’s Outstanding Teen Competition can be purchased through WawTix.com.