Annual Miss Neuse Pageant slated for Saturday

Annual Miss Neuse Pageant slated for Saturday

Miss Neuse Kennedy Bryce Santes, daughter of Tim and LaDonna Dilday, Francisco Santes

A tradition since 1980 will continue Saturday.

The annual Miss Neuse Pageant is slated for 7 p.m. at the Kinston-Lenoir County Performing Arts Center. Doors will open an hour before the start of the program, and tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. Reserved tickets can be purchased from any contestant or Linda Nimmo for $15.

The reigning Miss Neuse, Kennedy Bryce Santes, will relinquish her title at the event and crown the new Miss Neuse.

“I'm super excited, as well as sad for the upcoming pageant on Saturday," Santes said. "This year has definitely been way too short, however, I am ready to see who the next title holder will be. Last year seemed unreal because I never prepared myself into thinking I might win. This year has showed me so many things because of winning Miss Neuse. It made me truly believe in myself and it also opened my eyes to get to know more about my community.

"I hope for the 2019 winner of this year will soak up every ounce of what it has to offer. I know she will be ready, whoever it might be. I have met and gotten to know all the girls so well, and I believe any one of them will be worthy."

“We have 15 beautiful, talented girls vying for the title of Miss Neuse,” program director Diane Howard said. “They have to complete an interview process, and then will have creative expression, talent and gown segments in the pageant. We’ll also be giving away $6,200 in scholarship money. I’ve been blessed to be with the program the whole time and it’s great meeting all the young people, seeing them involved in the community.”

All proceeds will benefit the Hugo Volunteer Fire Department. For information on purchasing tickets, contact Nimmo at 252-523-7953.

Here are the 15 contestants for the 2019 Miss Neuse Pageant

#1 Jada Clark
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by C.A. Properties
Daughter of Annette Clark
Talent: Monologue

#2 Gracie Raye Reavis
Sophomore at South Lenoir
Sponsored by Turner Auto Body
Daughter of Stephen and Robin Reavis
Talent: Tap Dance

#3 Madison Blythe Sasnett
Sophomore at South Lenoir
Sponsored by Dance Expressions & Lovie Janes
Daughter of Stevie and Michelle Sasnett
Talent: Jazz/Acro Dance

#4 Lydia Blaire Walston
Sophomore at South Lenoir
Sponsored by Sugar Hill Pizzeria
Daughter of Justin and Heather Walston
Talent: Tap Dance

#5 Hailey Marie Weeks
Sophomore at South Lenoir
Sponsored by Tractor Supply - Paige Vermazen
Daughter of Heidi and Brian Jones, Jeff and Amy Weeks
Talent: Jazz Dance

#6 Grayson McKenzie Sullivan
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Sullivan’s Tree Service
Daughter of Mike and Kendra Sullivan
Talent: Tap Dance

#7 Rachel Christine Lemon
Junior at Lemon Christian Academy
Sponsored by Community Dance Company
Daughter of John and Joi Lemon
Talent: Contemporary Dance

#8 Brianna Nichole Creech
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Scott Matthews Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Daughter of Tony and Christina Creech
Talent: Clog

#9 Rebekah Lynne Lemon
Junior at Lemon Christian Academy
Sponsored by Stone Laboratories
Daughter of John and Joi Lemon
Talent: Jazz Dance

#10 Macy Nicole Rouse
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Just Add Salt Boutique
Daughter of Herb and Julie Rouse
Talent: Tap Dance

#11 Olivia Evelyn Sutton
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Sutton Farms of NC
Daughter of James and Jennifer Sutton
Talent: Jazz Dance

#12 Macy Diana West
Sophomore at South Lenoir
Sponsored by Dr. Kent Denton
Daughter of Marty and Tracy West
Talent: Piano

#13 Sadie Katherine Carlyle
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Profile Tax and Accounting
Daughter of Dail and Christel Carlyle
Talent: Tap Dance

#14 Michaela Rose Williams
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Xpress Yourself
Daughter of Michael and Shannon Williams
Talent: Clog

#15 Taylor Doan Fussell
Sophomore at North Lenoir
Sponsored by Farrior & Sons
Daughter of Scott and Misty Fussell
Talent: Contemporary/Acro Dance

 
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