One contest, two crowns. Announcement of Miss PRCC 2023 and Miss Pearl River County 2023 – Picayune Item

One contest, two crowns. Announcement of Miss PRCC 2023 and Miss Pearl River County 2023

Posted 3:18 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Twelve ladies competed for the titles of Miss PRCC and Miss Pearl River County on Thursday, November 10 at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. Along with bringing poise and talent to the building, contestants and the public celebrated the 101st anniversary of the Miss America Pageant. Savannah Faith Sylvest was crowned Miss PRCC 2023 and Britney Diaz was crowned Miss Pearl River County 2023.

Mackenzie Brownlee was chosen as the first alternate. Avery Workman was chosen as the second alternate and won the talent contest. Other winners of the night included Laken Smith for Most Advertising Sales, Hannah Bennett for Social Media Challenge, Michelle Bolland for Miss Congeniality and Diaz for Interview.

PRCC Marketing and Recruitment Director Kari Eve Valence took the helm as emcee. Valencia shared a brief history of the Miss America pageant, including the transition to a scholarship program in the 1940s. The winner of the Miss PRCC pageant receives a full-year scholarship. The winner of the new Miss Pearl River County receives a half scholarship.

Prior to the start of the public component of the pageant, Miss PRCC 2022 Hannah Smith expressed her gratitude for the opportunity presented by her reign as Miss PRCC. She then showed off her talent by dancing to “You Are My Sunshine” in honor of her mother.

Judges for this year’s competition included the Honorable Brad Touchstone of Sumrall, Mr. Carl Thomas of Hattiesburg, Ms. Melanie Bishop of Summit, Ms. Missy Segreti of Slidell and Ms. Stacey Niemeyer of Hattiesburg. Contestants were judged in four categories, including a private interview earlier in the afternoon, an on-stage interview, poise in a pageant gown, as well as their social impact statement and talent .

Between the different parts of the evening, Sunni’s Elite Dance Academy in Poplarville entertained the audience with several different dance numbers performed by the talented dance teams and future contestants of Miss PRCC and Miss Pearl River County.

In addition to the scholarships awarded to Miss PRCC and Miss Pearl River County, winners will receive a wardrobe and accessories to wear to Miss Mississippi next June sponsored by our wonderful and incredible sponsors: Apple’s Ltd. In Poplarville, Coral Cactus Online Boutique in Hattiesburg, Delta Dawn Gifts in Poplarville, and our new additional sponsor this year, Posh Boutique in Poplarville. Each winner also receives $750 in cash for her pageant at Miss Mississippi.

“Our goal as a committee is to make sure every girl has everything she needs to have fun at Miss Mississippi and focus on her goals, growing up to her best,” the director said. of Miss PRCC and Miss Pearl River County, Lauren Baker. “It is a pleasure to be a part of their journeys and opportunities that are helped to shape by participating in this contest.”


Poplarville’s Peyton Barber championed communities for a cause and showed off his musical talent by playing Lauren Daigle’s “Oceans” on the piano. She is a student in the business program.

Hannah Bennett of Carriere chose to promote kindness for its social impact. She danced to Elvis Presley’s “Little Less Conversation” for her talent. She is in the nursing program.

Michelle Boland of Picayune spoke about the need to break down barriers for women in a male-dominated workplace. She performed “Dixieland Medley” on clarinet for her talent. Boland is part of the Drafting & Design Technology program.

Lily Boyd of Picayune promoted the need for awareness of learning disabilities in education. She did a tap dance to Wicked’s “Popular” for her talent. It is part of the Drafting & Design Technology program.

Gulfport’s Mackenzie Brownlee had Teachers Matter Too TM2’s social impact platform. She sang Martina McBride’s song “Anyway” for her talent. Brownlee is studying to become a respiratory therapist.

Picayune’s Bailey Craft promoted helping the homeless for her social impact platform. She sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland for her talent. Craft is pursuing nursing studies.

Brittany Diaz of Hattiesburg shared her desire to help former foster children succeed through Fostering Family, Fostering Opportunity. His talent was a self-written monologue titled “By the Work of Our Hands”. Her career goal is to become an occupational therapy assistant.

Carriere’s Emma Evans has been promoting overdose and addiction awareness for her social impact platform. Her talent was the spoken word, “Importance of Education”. She is studying to become a radiologist.

Kelsey Graves of Taylorsville focused on the importance of life skills for her social impact. Her talent was speaking while reciting “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. She is studying to become a nurse.

Poplarville’s Laken Smith introduced the “Helping Hand Project” for its social impact. For her talent, she danced to “Battlefield” by Svrcina. Its objective is to enter the field of primary education.

Savannah Faith Sylvest of Sumrall majors in English and Literature. His social impact focused on how “Every BODY is beautiful”. She danced to Celine Dion’s song “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” for the talent portion.

Avery Workman of Abita Springs, Louisiana has been promoting mental health among our veterans for its social impact. Her talent was a dance to “Helium” by Sia. She is studying to become a nurse.

The newly crowned Miss PRCC and Miss Pearl River County will take office immediately and represent Pearl River at the Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg in June. Miss PRCC and Miss Pearl River County are preliminary competitions to the Miss Mississippi and Miss America scholarship programs.

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