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2015 LADIES OF THE LEAF CHOSEN
Photo Identification (l-r): Pearl River Valley’s Outstanding Teen Addison Mathis; Hattiesburg’s Outstanding Teen Ryone Thompson; Southern Magnolia’s Outstanding Teen Sidney Kimble; Miss Hattiesburg Ivey Swan; Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis; Miss Southern Magnolia Briana Exum and Miss Pearl River Valley Morgan Burnett.
The Leaf Foundation announces its most recent additions to Ladies of the Leaf for 2014-15. The balance of the 2015 class of scholarship winners was determined by a panel of judges this past weekend in the second flight of 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 – Ryone Thompson (Oak Grove)
Evening Gown – Ashley Sanders (Madison)
2nd Runner-up – Grace Post (Madison)
1st Runner-up – Nicole Wiggs (Petal)
Miss Hattiesburg’s Outstanding Teen – Ryone Thompson (Oak Grove)
Miss Pearl River Valley’s Outstanding Teen Addison Mathis (Vicksburg)
Miss Southern Magnolia’s Outstanding Teen – Sidney Kimble (Madison)
In the “Miss” Division, the high achievers were:
Miss Division Winners:
Swimsuit – Morgan Burnett (Brandon)
Talent – Morgan Burnett (Brandon)
2nd Runner-up – Kristen Dupard (Ridgeland)
1st Runner-up – Allison Judge (Jackson)
Miss Hattiesburg – Ivey Swan (Hattiesburg))
Miss Riverland – Laura Lee Lewis (Brookhaven)
Miss Southern Magnolia Briana Exum (Hattiesburg)
Miss Pearl River Valley – Morgan Burnett (Brandon)
Entertainers included Hattiesburg High School Dance Class, The Dance Place, and reigning titleholders Mia Hall of Hattiesburg and Ashley Barding of Petal. Miss Magnolia Tamecia Myers emceed the event.
The night also saw the debut of The Brian Blair Memorial Scholarship. Blair, a local celebrity pianist, was honored posthumously as former director of the Miss Hattiesburg Pageant. With 1986 Miss Lamar County/Miss Mississippi Kimberly McGuffee as the originating donor for this fund, a scholarship will be presented to a Miss Hattiesburg contestant annually. “Brian was the kindest person I ever met. His tickling of the ivories is legendary in Mississippi!”
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 three Teen Division winners and four 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.
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Miss Leaf River Valley's Outstanding Teen
Miss Southern Magnolia
Miss Riverland's Outstanding Teen
Miss Pearl River Valley's Outstanding Teen