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Photo Identification (l-r): Miss Deep South Abigail Wilbanks, Miss Leaf River Valley Michaela Moore, Miss Turtle Creek Holly Howard, Riverland’s Outstanding Teen Ahdis Beruk, Turtle Creek’s Outstanding Teen Brooklyn Mooney, Leaf River Valley’s Outstanding Teen Zhariah Hubbard, and Deep South’s Outstanding Teen Holly Brand.


The Leaf Foundation announces its Ladies of the Leaf for 2014-15. The 2015 class of scholarship winners was determined by a panel of judges this past weekend at the Annual Leaf Pageants, held this year on the Main Stage of Hattiesburg High School.


In the “Teen” Division, the winners were:


Teen Division Winners:


Talent –Holly Brand (Meridian)
Evening Gown – Ahdis Beruk (Greenville)
2nd Runner-up – Katelyn Perry (Biloxi)
1st Runner-up – Vivian O’Neal (Hattiesburg)


Miss Leaf River Valley’s Outstanding Teen – Zhariah Hubbard (Hattiesburg)
Miss Riverland’s Outstanding Teen – Ahdis Beruk (Greenville)
Miss Turtle Creek’s Outstanding Teen – Brooklyn Mooney (Collins)
Miss Deep South’s Outstanding Teen – Holly Brand (Meridian)


In the “Miss” Division, the high achievers were:


Miss Division Winners:


Swimsuit –Abigail Wilbanks (Clinton)
Talent – Michaela Moore (Biloxi)
2nd Runner-up Macy Mitchell (Petal)
1st Runner-up – Bethany Cuevas (Biloxi)
Miss Leaf River Valley – Michael Moore (Biloxi)
Miss Deep South – Abigail Wilbanks (Clinton)
Miss Turtle Creek Holly Howard (Meridian)


Entertainers included Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray, Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Grace Munro, reigning titleholders Brooke Bullock, Lydia Myers, Dalee Kimble and Jordan Parker; On Your Toes Dance Studio, Kelly’s All-stars and The Dance Place. Former Miss Riverland Diana Strickland of Saltillo emceed the event.


The night also saw the debut of The Leaf Princesses. To join the official attendants of the pageant, contact leafprincessprogram@gmail.com. The Princess Program is under the direction of Kelly Williams.


“What a wonderful way to mentor young girls and introduce them to society. They had a ball with their pageant big sisters this weekend,” the Leaf board member said. Williams has two daughters that participated in the state princess program in Vicksburg this past summer. “We are proud to replicate that successful state program here in the Pine Belt!”


Colleges and universities granting in-kind scholarships to the Leaf Foundation winners and runner-ups were: Antonelli College, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Jones County Junior College, Pearl River Community College, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.


The four Teen Division winners and three Miss Division winners all advance to their respective state finals of The Miss Mississippi Pageant to be held in Vicksburg this June. The Leaf Foundation and its pageants are official preliminary heats to The Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Program.


2013-14 Scholarship |Winner showcase
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